Rally Held To Oppose Energy East, Council Delays Decision

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 23:57 PM

TransCanada officials say to oppose the Energy East pipeline at this time would be premature.

Councillors considered opposing the project last night, but agreed the decision should be made only after the National Energy Board deems TransCanada's application complete.

Ontario director of Energy East Stefan Baranski says the project is still in the early stages of its regulatory review process.

He says TransCanada is currently in the process of meeting with municipalities along the route, and is planning for its technical experts to meet with first responders and planners in Thunder Bay before the end of the year.

Baranski adds they expect the application to clear all hurdles by early 2016.

Many councillors, like Ian Angus, added it would be amateur to hold a vote based on partial information.

Meanwhile, about 130 people rallied in front of City Hall, Monday night, to oppose the Energy East pipeline.

The public gathering was held in support of the motion before councillors to formally oppose development of the project.

Peter Lang with Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet says, even though pipelines are a federal issue, it's important to continue lobbying city council, as residents have a voice at the municipal level. (Photo: Caryn Ceolin)