Irving Oil responds to TransCanada's decision to terminate Energy East pipeline project

The proposed route of the Energy East pipeline was shared with the media at an Aug. 2013 press conference with Trans Canada officials

NewsAlert: TransCanada cancels Energy East pipeline project

TransCanada warned then that the project could ultimately be cancelled.

"This is evidence of how a lack of clarity and an unclear decision-making process regarding pipeline projects in Canada are challenging the energy sector's ability to be competitive in the world market", said a Thursday morning CEPA statement. Here's a timeline of events in the controversial pipeline's history.

Of the cancellation, Green Party leader Elizabeth May added: "Today's announcement from TransCanada to cancel plans for the Energy East pipeline will be celebrated by many Canadians - those who understand that transporting toxic diluted bitumen (dilbit) across pristine areas, and that exporting bitumen to offshore refineries, is a poor business model".

"TransCanada knows that Energy East would never receive approval if all its climate pollution was taking into account", Adam Scott, a senior campaigner with Oil Change International, a nonprofit research and advocacy group that looks at the impacts of fossil fuels, told ThinkProgress.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called the demise of both pipelines "an unfortunate outcome for Canadians". In the summer of 2016, the National Energy Board's review of Energy East was compromised after it was revealed by the National Observer that former Quebec Premier Jean Charest met the chairman and two commissioners on the National Energy Board while working for TransCanada.

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July 31, 2015: TransCanada warns the $12-billion price tag for its Energy East pipeline project is expected to grow. It said there would be no costs recovered from third parties. "We still believe that", Gallant said.

Further east, in neighboring New Brunswick, the tone was more downbeat.

With this cancellation, there remains one more tar sands pipeline that has been proposed in Canada, taking oil to the West Coast.

December 17, 2015: TransCanada files an amended application and cost estimate of $15.7 billion for Energy East. "A company that made 700 changes to its plans as part of that response", Wall said in a statement Thursday. It was not immediately clear whether the project's opponents would be able to hold up Energy East as an example to the court.

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Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said the TransCanada announcement was "a handsome victory" against a "botched" pipeline project.

"We're disappointed. We supported the Energy East pipeline because it would have provided supply options and access to western Canadian crudes for our Montreal refinery and also would have provided access to new markets which is critical for Canadian producers".

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