Federal Reaction To Energy East Decision

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 10:53 AM

Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says a decision by TransCanada to kill off the proposed Energy East Pipeline Project was a business decision and points out that the Trudeau government has approved two major export pipelines and a third is expected to begin soon.

Carr says they would have used the same process to evaluate Energy East that saw the Trans-Mountain expansion and Line 3 project approved.

He stresses nothing has changed in the governments decision making process.

Carr notes Canada is open for business.

He admits there are market challenges, but adds they are seeing some growth in the oil and gas sector.

However, the shadow Natural Resources Minister for the Conservatives, Alberta MP Shannon Stubbs is blaming the Trudeau Government for sending mixed signals on future energy projects.

Stubbs says the Liberals first gave a hint that they would be going down this road last January, when they froze all existing pipeline applications that were before the regulatory board.

Stubbs adds it was the Prime Minister who said the oil sands would be eventually phased out.

Back in August, the National Energy Board announced expanded review parameters including the impact of both the upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions from a project.

She notes TransCanada was blindsided by the move, noting the change isn't a standard that is applied to any other infrastructure project in Canada.

(Picture: Jim Carr)