The comparisons between a new natural gas pipeline proposed for northern Ontario and the ill-fated Energy East project are unavoidable.

With the latest suspension of work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, it’s time for review: the energy infrastructure sector, specifically natural gas, has created a pathway to middle class jobs for tens of thousands of Americans.

Environmentalists, the National Energy Board, the mayor of Montreal, native protesters and the resurrection of the Keystone XL Pipeline with U.S. President Donald Trump’s backing, all helped kill the Energy East pipeline project back in 2017.

TransCanada Corporation abandoned the $15.7-billion Energy East project more than a year ago, after the National Energy Board modified the environmental assessment process.

A business crowd of about 400 leapt to their feet in a standing ovation Friday at the suggestion that it should be illegal for Canadian governments to collect carbon taxes until there are new export pipelines delivering Alberta crude oil to world markets.

Attorneys for TransCanada will argue that U.S. District Judge Brian Morris should clarify or amend his ruling to say the injunction does not apply to activities such as finalizing contracts, purchasing materials, conducting land surveys and discussing federal permits.

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