TransCanada Corp’s Energy East pipeline application should be suspended, groups tell federal regulator


Photography: The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh

TORONTO — More than 60 organizations are calling on the National Energy Board to suspend TransCanada’s application for the Energy East pipeline.

Groups including Greenpeace Canada, the Council of Canadians and the David Suzuki Foundation said in a letter to the federal pipeline regulator that it should suspend the review process while waiting for new information from the company.

TransCanada Corp. is due to update its application for the pipeline in the last quarter of this year with a new location for a proposed marine terminal in Quebec.

But the groups say the regulator should overhaul the review process entirely and restart its evaluation of the Energy East project from the beginning once TransCanada submits the new information.

The groups accuse the board of ignoring public input expressed in more than 100,000 letters, overlooking First Nations concerns and shutting out those worried about climate change, calling the consultation process a “fiasco.”

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