Ottawa's local opposition could spell trouble for Energy East pipeline proposal
"Here, people are starting to put the pieces together and understand that the only reason it's being proposed here is because TransCanada wasn't able to get their pipeline (Keystone XL) down to the U.S.," Ecology Ottawa campaigner Ben Powless said.
Powless says many communities are just starting to understand how Energy East came to be, and that it won't be an easy sell in the eastern provinces.
"I think it's clear the federal government has done everything it has to stack the books in favour of oil companies in general...It's taken the U.S. years to consider Keystone XL, and they're still ordering more tests to be done.
"To imagine that we can do the same thing in Canada for an even bigger pipeline carrying more oil across a further distance -- I think the federal government is out of their minds."
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Powless said it was "encouraging" to see leadership on the municipal level that was lacking at the federal and provincial level. In New Brunswick, newly elected Premier Brian Gallant said today that his government's support for Energy East had not wavered since the election.
"A lot of opposition has built up, even before TransCanda has filed its application (for Energy East)...There isn't federal leadership on a lot of these big environmental issues, so it's almost up to municipal leaders, which is kind of incredible, but opens up a lot of possibility for locally directed change."