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Energy East is a proposal by TransCanada Pipelines Limited to create a dangerous pipeline network stretching 4,500 km from southern Alberta to New Brunswick. TransCanada wants to use Energy East to transport 1.1 million barrels of toxic tar sands oil a day.

Energy East is not a “Made in Canada” oil solution. Energy East would be the largest oil pipeline project in North America, and would put hundreds of communities at risk of a tar sands oil spill like the one that devastated Mayflower, AK.

Little of the oil transported by Energy East would stay in Canada. Instead, between 750,000 and one million barrels of unrefined oil would be exported out of Canada every single day. That’s the equivalent of 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools of oil – every day.

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TransCanada pipeline proposal to transport tar sands crude to New Brunswick 
Key Problems:
- Converting this aging natural gas pipeline to tar sands crude would make it prone to leaks and spills
- This pipeline ruptured and exploded in 1995, causing a huge fire
- Would put millions of Canadians in six provinces at risk of a tar sands oil spill 
Current Status:
Thousands of citizens and numerous city councils oppose this risky proposal

TransCanada’s proposal involves three main pieces.

First, it requires converting 3,000 km of an aging natural gas pipeline to carry tar sands oil. The existing natural gas pipeline runs from Alberta to eastern Ontario. Evidence indicates that converting a main natural gas pipeline to ship oil could increase the cost of natural gas for customers in Ontario and Quebec.

Energy East also requires the construction of new sections of pipeline, the largest of which would run from eastern Ontario more than 1,5400 km across southern Quebec to Saint John, New Brunswick. Along with the segment to be converted, this would mean millions of people in six provinces would be at risk of a tar sands oil spill.

Then there’s the construction of two oil export terminals, one planned for the south shore of the St. Lawrence River and one in Saint John, NB. This will increase the number of oil tankers plying the waters of the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean, putting at risk maritime economies and communities from inevitable tar sands spills.

Despite TransCanada’s assurances about safety, the company has had many oil spills and safety problems with its pipelines. In 1995, the same natural gas pipeline that TransCanada intends to convert to tar sands oil ruptured, causing a huge explosion and fire in southern Manitoba. In 2011, the first phase of TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline spilled 12 times in its first year of operation, one of the worst first-year spill rates on record for a pipeline. One incident created a crude oil geyser six stories high. TransCanada had boasted about its “world class safety standards” and predicted a spill rate of only 1.4 times per decade.

Energy East Updates & Resources

On the front lines against Energy East in Atlantic Canada

Andrea Harden-Donahue | Council of Canadians - October 31st 2014

Blog Post: While some would have us think opposition to the Energy East project is small in this region, I heartedly disagree. These communities have resilience and pride. These are the same people that brought in moratoriums on fracking. I’m leaving with a renewed sense of hope. Opposition is building right across the pipeline path. To stop tar sands expansion and the downstream impacts. To protect our waterways for drinking, recreation, and tourism. To protect our climate for future generations.

The Energy East pipeline won’t get built either


Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 30th 2014

Blog Post: After TransCanada filed its official application with the National Energy Board today, environmental organizations in Canada and the United States, First Nations and community organizers said the Energy East pipeline will never be built. "It's not going to happen," said Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace Canada. "Energy East would negate all the good work on climate that has been done at the provincial level and pose a major threat to millions of people's drinking water."

Energy East: Citizens in US and Canada pledge to block TransCanada’s latest tar sands pipeline


Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 30th 2014

Blog Post: This morning, Canadian oil giant TransCanada filed an official application with the Canadian National Energy Board for permits to build its proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline. If approved, it would be the longest oil pipeline on the continent and the largest tar sands pipeline. Concerned North Americans have already committed to challenging the project on both sides of the U.S.–Canada border.

TransCanada vastly exaggerating Energy East’s ability to reduce overseas oil imports

October 29th 2014

Blog Post: Environmental groups released new data today on Eastern Canadian oil imports, disproving TransCanada’s claim that its Energy East pipeline proposal is necessary to eliminate Canada’s heavy dependence on overseas oil. “It’s time TransCanada stops misleading the public with inaccurate information in a bid to justify its risky project,” says Environmental Defence’s Adam Scott. “Energy East would mainly serve to export unrefined oil, not stem an already waning tide of pricey foreign imports."

Energy East: Our risk, their reward


Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 22nd 2014

Blog Post: What happens when you put a rancher, a fisherman, a journalist and Maude Barlow into a room? It might be the beginning of a joke, but it’s nothing but. It is a sampling of some of the speakers who will tour Atlantic Canada to discuss the disastrous consequences of the Energy East pipeline. They will tour Halifax, Cornwallis, Saint John, Fredericton and Edmundston from October 26 to November 6.

People and places at risk by TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline proposal

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: Exposing Energy East: People and Places at Risk by TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Proposal, a photography exhibit featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artists Garth Lenz and Robert van Waarden, will appear in Toronto between October 31 and November 5, 2014. This exhibit brings together photographs of people and places threatened by the Energy East pipeline, the largest proposed tar sands pipeline in the world.

Keystone pipeline alternative faces $1-billion gas feud that could kill Energy East project

Rebecca Penty and Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News - October 21st 2014

Press Clipping: TransCanada Corp. will have to spend $1 billion more than planned on an oil pipeline to Canada’s Atlantic Coast if natural gas customers get their way, a move it says would threaten the viability of the project. The spat centers on TransCanada’s plan to convert a 3,000- kilometer (1,865-mile) stretch of its mainline gas conduit to carry oil. Gas distributors claim that converting the mainline in eastern Ontario would lead to fuel shortages and higher prices.

Energy East: Issues around tourism and natural gas (in French)

October 17th 2014

Press Clipping: This is a fantastic and important article (Radio-Canada, French), where the media finally starts to talk about the other important economic impacts of Energy East, like tourism along the Saint Lawrence River. The article looks at tourism, along with the natural gas supply issue, as examples of economic impacts on the other side of the ledger than those TransCanada usually talks about.