TransCanada Line Conversion

Pipeline Through Northeast to carry Tar Sands Bitumen
On 4 March 2014, TransCanada filed a project description with the National Energy Board, outlining their plan to convert 3,000 km of existing natural gas pipeline and construct an additional 1,500 km of new pipeline, for the purpose of transferring 1.1 million barrels per day of bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to eastern refineries, ports and international markets. 

The pipeline roughly follows Highway 11 from Kenora to North Bay, where it turns east. Threats to the land and waters of northern Ontario are significant. Conversion of a decades old natural pipeline to carry corrosive diluted bitumen from Alberta's tar sands development is a recipe for risk, as the experiences of Mayflower and Kalamazoo illustrate so tragically. While details on the Energy East proposal will not be available until TransCanada files their application with the National Energy Board, several issues emerged early, based on even the minimal description TransCanada was providing during their "information sessions" over the summer of 2013, such as the toxic nature of the diluted bitumen and the long distances between shut-off valves. 

National Energy Board is the federal regulator with responsibility to review the project and make recommendations to the federal cabinet, but the Ontario Minister of Energy has asked the Ontario Energy Board to consult with Ontarians and provide advice on how Ontario should respond to the project. May 15th is the deadline for sending comments to the Ontario Energy Board, outlining the impacts of TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline conversion project that are important to you. Comments can be sent to or by using an online form. Reports, public submissions and the consultation plan are posted on the OEB site.

Temiskaming Roundtables on Energy East

Hosted by Northwatch and local residents
Saturday, June 14th
Matheson -  10 a.m
Vern Miller Memorial Community Centre,  429 Park Lane, Matheson
Englehart @ 1 pm
Cousins Restaurant, Highway 11, Englehart
New Liskeard @ 4 pm
Chat Noir Books, 57 Whitewood Ave W, New Liskeard
Marten River @ 7 pm
Marten River Fire Hall, 2877 Hwy #11 North, Marten River 

News Stories
Information / Resources
Links / Useful sites
Don't bow to pressure, Barlow says | North Bay Nugget, April 2014

Risk not worth pipeline: opponents | North Bay Nugget, April 2014

Pipeline leaks worry Timmins Residents, CBC, April 2014

Ontario Energy Board Sessions in Kapuskasing "Muncipal Leaders back plan to convert pipeline to crude", April 2014

Water safety top concern | North Bay Nugget, April 2014

OEB to hold pipeline meetings | North Bay Nugget, March 2014

Council looks to back mayor | North Bay Nugget, March 2014

Pipeline meetings next week | North Bay Nugget, March 2014

Council enters pipeline debate | North Bay Nugget, March 2014

Council presses for alternate route | North Bay Nugget, February 2014

TransCanada pitches Energy East pipeline | North Bay Nugget, February 2014

Pipeline presentation | North Bay Nugget, December 2013

'Not just about a pipeline' | North Bay Nugget, November 2013

TransCanada pitches pipeline conversion in Mattawa Bay Today, Thursday, August 08, 2013

TransCanada will answer pipeline questions | North Bay Nugget, May 2013
Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline, Pembina Institute, February 2014

Transcanadas Energy East: An Export Pipeline, Not For Domestic Gain, Council of Canadians, Environmental Defence, et al, March 2014

OEB Resource Listing

TransCanada Project Description, filed with NEB March 2014