TransCanada to change Energy East route

TransCanada Corp., responding to new concern about Beluga whales and community comments, will change the destination end of its proposed Energy East pipeline (OGJ Online, Oct. 30, 2014).

The company said it won’t build a marine terminal and associated tanks at Cacouna, Que., as originally planned.

The Energy East project, a combination of reconfiguration of 1,864 miles of existing natural gas pipeline and 990 miles of construction, is to be able to carry 1.1 million b/d of crude oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to eastern Canada.

“This decision is the result of the recommended change in status of the Beluga whales to endangered and ongoing discussions we have had with communities and key stakeholders,” TransCanada Pres. and Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said.

The company is reviewing alternative terminal sites. It said refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick still will be directly connected to the pipeline.

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