TransCanada—the same company that was poised to drive Keystone XL through America’s heartland—is pushing for a pipeline to bring tar sands oil to the east coast of Canada. This proposed pipeline would cross Canada from Alberta to New Brunswick, moving at least 900,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil from Alberta and up to 200,000 bpd of light, tight oil from the Bakken formation in Saskatchewan and North Dakota to the Atlantic coast. If the pipeline were built and this oil reached the east coast of Canada, most of the 1.1 million bpd would be loaded onto oil supertankers. From there, almost 300 supertankers per year would form a high-risk, waterborne pipeline down the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, around the Florida Panhandle, and on to refineries along the Gulf Coast. The major issues being raised regarding this project are:
1. The pipeline threatens thousands of rivers and streams across the country.
2. The increased tanker traffic required to carry this oil threatens coastlines from The Bay of Fundy, The Gulf of Maine to Florida Keys. Oil spills would devastate communities and existing livelihoods that depend on a healthly environment. As well as threatening thousands of marine animals - potentially devastating tar sands oil spills could jeopardize their survival.
3. The Energy East pipeline would enable a significant increase in tar sands production, locking in numerous new sources of carbon pollution for the duration of the project’s 50-year life span.
Garth Lenz’s Abstract Energyscapes
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Aug 29 2014
"The scale is just insane,” photographer Garth Lenz says of the industrialization he photographs in the province of Alberta. Lenz was drawn to the area because of the dramatic changes in the landscape that accompanied the development of the oil sands there and the visual variety it created.
Tar Sands in the Atlantic: TransCanada’s Proposed Energy East Pipeline
NRDC Report, July 2016
A new report released today by the US - based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), in partnership with numerous Canadian and U.S. groups, shows the proposed Energy East pipeline would drive a 300 to 500 per cent increase in crude tanker traffic down the Atlantic coast from Saint John, New Brunswick to the U.S. Gulf Coast— industry’s preferred refinery market for processing tar sands bitumen.
The Dirty Fight Over Canadian Tar Sands Oil
NRDC, Dec 31 2015
Tar sands extraction emits up to three times more global warming pollution than does producing the same quantity of conventional crude. It also depletes and pollutes freshwater resources and creates giant ponds of toxic waste. Refining the sticky black substance produces piles of petroleum coke, a hazardous by-product. “This isn’t your grandfather’s typical oil,” she says. “It’s nasty stuff.”