Rejecting the Energy East project: Équiterre applauds CMM’s decision
Montreal, January 21, 2016 — Équiterre is saluting the courageous decision made by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) to categorically reject the Energy East project proposed by TransCanada. The reasons CMM provided for this decision include, most notably, that the potential negative impact will greatly exceed the low economic benefits it might bring to the greater Montreal region. Furthermore, CMM has judged that Energy East contravenes the Metropolitan Land Use and Development Plan adopted in 2011.
“Today, 82 municipal counsellors, representing 3.9 million citizens in the greater Montreal region, have issued a resounding ‘no’ to the Energy East project and to TransCanada Corporation,” explained Steven Guilbeault, Senior Director at Équiterre. This brings the number of municipalities opposing the Quebec pipeline project to 300.
“During the last electoral campaign, Justin Trudeau declared that, ‘the Federal Government gives permits, however it's communities who give permission’. And so, in the case of Energy East, the elected officials representing half of the Quebec population have now said ‘no’ to this project,” added Guilbeault.
According to the report¹ issued by the CMM environmental commission, following a series of meetings with the population last September and October, Energy East does not obtain a passing grade on the social, environmental or economic level.
The CMM’s conclusions align with those issued by Ontario Energy Board on the same project. According to the report commissioned by the Kathleen Wynne government in 2013, the risks for Ontario and all Ontarians greatly exceeds the benefits; and this is true on the economic, social and environmental level².
“CMM is urging the federal government—just as Équiterre has been doing for several months—to review the Energy East evaluation process to include, most importantly, the question of climate change, as Justin Trudeau pledged to do during the last electoral campaign,” concluded Guilbeault.
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¹ CMM. « Rapport de consultation publique de la Commission de l'environnement ».
² Ontario Energy Board, “Giving a Voice to Ontarians on Energy East”, August 2015.