St. John, NB Grills TransCanada on Energy East Impacts, Opportunities
The New Brunswick city whose support is critical to TransCanada Corporation’s proposal to build the Energy East pipeline has filed page upon page of questions with the company, looking for details on everything from the jobs the project will create to its environmental impact.
“My desire and my belief is that at the end of this process we’re going to have an opportunity to completely and unreservedly support the project,” St. John, NB Mayor Mel Norton told CBC. The port city would serve as the eastern terminus of the pipeline, making it home to an oil export terminal and a large tank farm.
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The information requests from St. John “cover economic development opportunities, social and environmental impacts, land use planning, and public safety considerations,” Mandel writes. A city report calls the requests “essential inputs” that will enable the community to “make an informed decision with respect to the ‘conditions’ by which our community can support the Energy East project.”