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Energy East Pipeline Project

Overview

Energy East Pipeline Ltd. is proposing to construct and operate a 4,500 kilometre pipeline system to transport crude oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in eastern Canada. The Project would include:

  • the conversion of an existing natural gas pipeline to crude oil service
  • the installation of new pipelines to link to the converted pipe
  • the construction of support facilities, including tank terminals, a marine terminal and remotely controlled pump stations
  • the transportation of up to 1.1 million barrels of crude oil (175,000 cubic metres) per day

As an interprovincial pipeline, the project will be federally regulated under the jurisdiction of the National Energy Board (NEB). The NEB will hold a public hearing process for the Energy East Pipeline Project. Details for the hearing dates and locations are yet to be announced.

Impact on the City of Winnipeg

The City of Winnipeg could be directly impacted by the Energy East Pipeline Project. The converted pipeline would be located on City-owned lands and may affect infrastructure, lands and resources the City relies upon.

The crude oil pipeline would:

  • cross two metres below the Shoal Lake aqueduct on City-owned land – the sole water supply pipeline that delivers water from Shoal Lake to the City
  • be located in close proximity to the Shoal Lake aqueduct for several kilometers along its length
  • be located within the Shoal Lake watershed – the sole water supply for the City servicing an approximate population of 700,000 citizens
  • cross immediately south of the active area of the Brady Road Resource Management Facility, the City’s only active landfill, on City owned land. The facility manages residential and commercial garbage, biosolids from the City’s three sewage treatment plants, has a methane gas capture and flaring system, and is the site of a 4R Winnipeg Depot, which accepts a variety of materials, including household hazardous waste.

A pipeline failure near the City’s critical assets and resources would pose a significant risk to public health and safety by:

  • interrupting/contaminating the supply of drinking water/fire protection
  • disrupting solid waste services.

City’s Actions

The City is carrying out due diligence to protect public health and safety, the City’s critical assets, and the Shoal Lake watershed. As such, the City has undertaken the following steps:

  • An application to the NEB to participate as an intervenor in the hearing process has been submitted.
  • A consultant has been hired to prepare a technical assessment of the potential impacts the Energy East Pipeline Project may have on the City’s critical water supply and waste management infrastructure. The consultant will also recommend viable alternatives or mitigation strategies to be considered by the City and will provide support to the City throughout the NEB hearing process.

More information

For more information on the Energy East Pipeline Project, visit the National Energy Board website.

For more information on the City’s application to participate in the National Energy Board hearings, visit the National Energy Board public registry.

Last updated: July 5, 2017