October 9, 2017
By – Leslie Claire Amminson
A wave of relief and triumph is undoubtedly washing over many indigenous groups and environmental activists, as TransCanada announced on October 5 it will be withdrawing its proposal for the construction of the Energy East pipeline.
The company will not be going ahead with the estimated 16 billion dollar project, which would have transported approximately 1.1 million barrels of oil daily from Western Canada to the East Coast to be processed.
TransCanada cites regulatory and environmental hurdles as the reasons for the project’s cancellation. Many Canadians have expressed concerns that the Liberal government is favouring environmental concerns over economic practicality, an issue that has been at the core of the project’s controversiality since its proposal.
Meanwhile, environmental activists and indigenous groups throughout the country are expressing their joy over the cancellation of the project. The pipeline would have threatened the quality of drinking water for many Canadians.
A media release quotes Grand Chief Serge Simon of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake stating:
“Both the Northern Gateway fight and this Energy East one show that when First Nations stand together, supported by non-Indigenous allies, we win”.
Despite their satisfaction with the cancellation of the project, environmental groups are still advocating for more action from the government. “Energy East is over now that we’re considering its toll on the climate, but Kinder Morgan and Line 3 didn’t get an extra review, despite the Trudeau government’s promise to fix the broken process,” said Duncan Noble of Pipeline Awareness Renfrew County in the same release. “For all of our sakes, Kinder Morgan, Line 3, Line 10 and Keystone XL tar sands pipelines must face the same fate.”
A previous version of the article contained an error regarding the amount of barrels the pipeline would have transported a day, that has since been corrected to 1.1 million barrels a day.