Energy Is: potential oil spills will be studied

News 24 August, 2017
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    Wednesday, 23 August, 2017 19:40

    Wednesday, 23 August, 2017 19:40

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    CALGARY, Alberta — The national energy Board (NEB) announced, Wednesday, that the hearing panel of the projects, Energy and Network main Is will explore the issue of possible oil spills.

    The Office, which was unveiled Wednesday, the list of topics that will be scrutinized during the evaluation of the two pipeline projects for TransCanada, said in press release that “the public is interested in better understanding the risks associated with accidents or potential failures in the network that can, for example, lead to an oil spill in the environment.” The project review will therefore focus in large part on these issues.

    About 820 comments have been received in the course of consultations carried out in recent months, which has allowed to develop the list of topics that will be studied.

    Among other things, the NEB will review the issues relating to “emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in both upstream and downstream to determine if these projects are in the public interest. Aboriginal participation during all the steps of these two projects, the socio-economic aspects and land, impacts on municipalities, and cumulative environmental effects are also in the cross hairs of the body.

    Greenpeace Canada has emphasized the position of the Office. “The NEB is proposing some changes that are of potential interest, including the assessment of GHG emissions associated with the production and combustion of the oil which will flow in the pipeline in addition to consider the laws and political climate, but there is no information as to how this would be done,” said the environmental organization.

    Same sound of bell on the side of the quebec Centre of environmental law, who said he is “satisfied with the inclusion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the assessment of the controversial project Is Energy”.

    Recall that the pipeline, Energy East would carry, every day, 1.1 million barrels of crude oil from Alberta or Saskatchewan to destination refineries located in eastern Canada and a port terminal in New Brunswick, a distance of 4500 kilometers.

    For the primary Network Is, it aims to construct a new gas pipeline of approximately 279 kilometres as well as related facilities, ranging from approximately of Markham, near Toronto, up to Brouseville, Ontario.