Stop the Energy East Pipeline

In October 2014, TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. filed a formal application with the National Energy Board (NEB) to build the Energy East pipeline – a 4,600-kilometre pipeline from Alberta to Quebec and New Brunswick intended to transport diluted bitumen from the tar sands.


About the proposed project:

  • The Energy East proposal would see a 40-year-old natural gas pipeline re-purposed to carry heavy crude oil – diluted bitumen – to refineries and export terminals on the eastern seaboard. 
  • The pipeline is designed to move 1.1 million barrels a day, which would make it the largest pipeline in North America.  
  • To move diluted bitumen through the pipeline, eight new pumping stations would be required in Manitoba alone, which draw large amounts of electricity. 
  • The pipeline will cross nearly 1,000 waterways. 
  • In Manitoba, the pipeline will cross the Red River just upstream of Winnipeg. 
  • The pipeline will cross the Shoal Lake aqueduct, where Winnipeg gets its drinking water. 
  • The pipeline will cross through Whiteshell Provincial Park, and a pumping station would be located near Falcon Lake. 
  • A majority of the diluted bitumen transported would be destined for export. 

While the risks of a damaging pipeline spill are great, the biggest concern about the Energy East proposal is the guaranteed spill of climate-changing greenhouse gases. Allowing the conversion of this pipeline will lock in and expand our continued use of destructive fossil fuels, including the expansion of the devastating Alberta tar sands.

The proposal is being reviewed by the NEB – a federal department whose mandate was weakened by the federal government in 2012 – and not by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. There are serious concerns that the NEB review will be insufficient to properly examine the risks of this project. The NEB refuses to look at the climate impacts of allowing this increased fossil fuel infrastructure.

The federal government has jurisdiction over pipelines, and has changed laws at the behest of the oil and gas industry so that it is easier to approve new pipelines. However, Canada’s provincial governments still need to issue building permits for the project, and can use their authority to stop this disastrous development.

In Manitoba, we must press our government to reject the construction of the Energy East pipeline.

Click here to learn more about the flawed NEB Energy East review process >>

Click here to visit the NEB website and access the 30,000-pages of application documents TransCanada has filed with the federal government.

Top photo: Local residents oppose Energy East at a rally in Ottawa, Ontario (Brent Patterson).

Recent Developments

44 weeks 4 days ago
Times Up for the Tar Sands! education report explores the damning reality facing the fossil fuel industry – the economics, the alternatives, the resistance. It makes a clear argument for how fighting for a safe climate is incompatible with building any new pipelines or the tar sands mines they enable. 
1 year 29 weeks ago
Tepid action from the federal government on global climate crisis. 
1 year 38 weeks ago
Manitoba Campaign Director Eric Reder will be in Ottawa to talk about the Wilderness Committee’s successful campaign to halt oil by rail through Churchill, Manitoba, and explore how the lessons lea

Take Action

Tell the Manitoba government to stop Energy East

Write your letter now!

The Energy East pipeline proposal is fraught with risk. From the guaranteed release of climate-changing greenhouse gases associated with the pipeline to the risks of a spill in our waterways, to the damages and industrial development in Manitoba’s beloved Whiteshell Provincial Park, Energy East is simply a bad idea.

That’s why we’re asking you to let the Manitoba government know how strongly you feel that this pipeline should not go ahead.

While the federal government is keen to push a fossil fuel future upon us, we can tell Manitoba’s provincial government to STOP ENERGY EAST!

Write your letter now >>

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