Wall blasts Ont., Que. for pipeline ‘conditions’

Ontario and Quebec are ‘out of line’ in demanding that approval of the Energy East pipeline be conditional on whether the $12-billion project increases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to global climate change, Premier Brad Wall said Monday. Wall was responding to statements last Friday by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard calling for the project to meet seven conditions, including an assurance by the project proponent, TransCanada Corp., that the pipeline won’t lead to higher GHG emissions.

“What do they want to measure? The oil that will be in the pipeline? The life cycle (carbon emissions) of the oil that’s in the pipeline? Does the steel used to build the pipeline count in the GHG life cycle of the (pipeline)?” “What kind of precedent are we setting here in our country for the transportation of goods and services across Canada?”

“What about the fact that 85 per cent of the GHG (emissions) in Canada come from you and I, from consumers, from people who drive cars that are made in Ontario that are subsidized by the federal and provincial governments?” “If you want to get serious about (reducing) GHGs in Canada, we’d all stop driving cars,” said an exasperated Wall.

He added that TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline, like its proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the U.S., would actually reduce GHG emissions by taking oil transportation off the rail system and moving it safely underground. “When we reach pipeline capacity, the oil goes on a rail … When that happens, your GHG emissions increase and the intensity of spills and potential accidents is greater,’’

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