July 25, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Energy East cancellation documents show failed attempt to prove human health risk

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

Health Canada was an intervener against the Energy East pipeline, contributed to its cancellation and they were weaponized to meddle in the process by the Liberal government's Privy Council.

And we have the exclusive documents to prove it.

TransCanada's Energy East was a nearly 16 billion dollar privately-owned pipeline project meant to bring oil from Alberta to St. John.

However, Justin Trudeau's Liberals changed the rules on the company halfway through, adding indirect greenhouse gas emissions as a consideration for the approval of a project — what the company called “changed circumstances” — and TransCanada pulled the plug on the pipe in 2017.

If the plan to scare away the pipeline company with extra rules in the middle of the game had failed, the Liberals had a plan B: Health Canada would intervene with concerns about human health risks. The monkey wrench in the plan? There were no human health risks from the pipeline and Health Canada was having trouble making some up.

In one briefing note edit, the bureaucrats struggled to find reasons for their involvement, saying,

“We could also mention that there's a strong opposition from the general public from many mayors of the Montreal region where live more than 4 million people and from aboriginals, First Nations of Quebec - making up 43 communities in Quebec and Labrador”

Twenty-seven full pages of access to information were redacted with the use of section 69 (1)(e) of the Information Act — the exemption that protects Cabinet secrets and “records used for reflecting communications or discussions between ministers of the crown on matters relating to the making of government decisions or the formulation of government policy.”

Health Canada should stick to mishandling things under their mandate like the obesity crisis, the opioid epidemic, and the syphilis outbreak and leave pipeline safety to the experts.

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commented 2019-07-30 11:41:51 -0400
The best place for dollars to be spent is where they represent the best allocation of capital. Telling companies they can’t spend their money where they choose (such as prioritizing inefficient Canadian resources over cheaper offshore ones) is socialism.
commented 2019-07-28 15:22:18 -0400
Andres . . . the guy who knows everything about nothing . . . .
It’s about KEEPING $$$$ IN CANADA . . . fool !
Billions of dollars would be much better spent within the borders rather than giving them to Saudi despots. But being a far-left loon you likely luved it when Obama bowed and Kissed the Saudi Kings Ring.

A $$ spent in Canada goes round and round creating Economic Activity . . . a dollar sent out of the Country just Leaves permanently!
commented 2019-07-27 14:10:01 -0400
DUKE OF PADUCAH commented 20 hours ago
“Quebec could save up to $3-billion a year buying Alberta’s oil instead of importing all the fuel it consumes from Europe or North Africa, according to a new projection.” "

You realize how much things have changed since 2013? The line 9 reversal essentially achieved that goal, without needing any new construction. If nothing else it highlights just how much the economic basis of Energy East et al has changed in a very short time – there is a lot of danger to using obsolete information.

In 2012, the year before that article was published, Quebec got 9% of its oil from onshore sources. In 2017, it was 81% onshore.

GLENN CRAIG commented 23 hours ago
ANDREW, all that can change overnight if the Iranians mix it up with the Brits. A ZIM oil terminal in Dartmouth with a contracted price to Israel would stablize the world price more or less permanently because the world price is always a reflection of what Israel is willing to pay. Besides Andrew, the tar sands are not our only source we still drill light sweet crude but can’t even get it to our own internal markets except by truck and rail”

It’s interesting, though, how little the current unrest in the Middle East seems to matter now. I don’t think the economists really know what to make of it. Even five years ago the scuffles that have already happened, alongside the usual Gulf Coast hurricanes, would have sent oil through the roof. Instead it’s staying firmly at 60/bbl. It’s so glutted now that the price is driven by production cost of the “last barrel sold”, which is no longer OPEC origin.

We produce shale oil, but the domestic supply chain is not set up to handle it. It was unfortunate that we put all our effort into bitumen right at its peak, to the detriment of developing shale, but as they say hindsight is 20/20.

Our internal markets will not save the oilpatch. We are only importing 300kbpd from offshore sources these days, a bit over a third what we were importing ten years ago. If the trend continues (and especially if EVs knock off some of the demand) that gap will be gone by mid-decade – in essence, Canadian offshore imports will stop in a few years, without Energy East. The pipeline made a lot more sense in 2010 than it does now.
commented 2019-07-26 15:11:41 -0400
ANDREW, all that can change overnight if the Iranians mix it up with the Brits. A ZIM oil terminal in Dartmouth with a contracted price to Israel would stablize the world price more or less permanently because the world price is always a reflection of what Israel is willing to pay. Besides Andrew, the tar sands are not our only source we still drill light sweet crude but can’t even get it to our own internal markets except by truck and rail.
commented 2019-07-26 13:00:49 -0400
The East Coast of Canada has about 4,000 inbound trips by oil tankers each year. Tankers account for about 1/5 of the 20,000 inbound vessel trips on the East Coast. Over 82 million tonnes of various petroleum and fuel products are moved in and out of 23 Atlantic Canada ports.

In Quebec, 25 million tonnes of crude oil and various petroleum products are moved in and out of 39 ports where cargo in loaded or unloaded. Eighty-nine percent of the shipments of crude oil and various petroleum products are through Quebec City and Montreal. Over 4.1 million tonnes of oil products are moved from 29 marine facilities in and out of parts in the Great Lakes – St Lawrence Seaway.

The Canada East pipeline would have disrupted the vested interests of those who import and refine foreign crude. The screaming of Montreal politicians had nothing to do with protecting the environment or preventing oil spills. All a smokescreen to allow investors in the current setup to continue to make money.
Montreal pours million of liters of raw sewage into the St. Laurence River! The eastern way . . . .
commented 2019-07-26 10:39:43 -0400
HARLEY MCCARTNEY commented 1 hour ago
ya and if we tried to up-grade our own heavy Canadian oil Trudeau would find a way to stop the refinery from being built. Probably he would give our tax dollars to the Saudi,s to build one there. Why is any oil imported when we have the worlds third largest reserve?"

Because imported oil is cheaper than upgraded bitumen on the east coast. Upgraded bitumen may have been a viable option ten years ago, before shale disrupted the market, but it no longer is. You might need WCS at sub-40 to make it competitive, and Albertan producers aren’t making much profit there.

The market has decided. You could build an upgrader but then you have to pay for it, and that’s not a trivial cost particularly for an asset which has to recover its costs under the high possibility of imminent demand peak.

Just how involved do you want the government to be in propping up an uncompetitive industry?
commented 2019-07-26 10:05:18 -0400
Richard agreed.
Max will be a stop gap measure. Canada and it,s current system of, no elected senators, judges, equal representation (seat,s) and transfer payments is badly broken.
We will all suffer under separation. I would rather suffer as a free man, than a slave in a system designed to rip us off.
I hope Max also has a plan to address this con game.
Equal representation for all provinces.
Elected senators for all provinces
Transfer payment formula.
Why would have not provinces do any better if it only means their transfer payment cheque,s will be cut. Where is the incentive?
commented 2019-07-26 09:45:36 -0400
There is only one solution to all of these problems. The west must separate and our problems will vanish. Voting Trudeau out will only put our problems on hold. Politicians, no matter what party they belong to, know full well that Ontario and Quebec decide who is PM. Until people understand that and realize we do NOT need to stay in Canada, we will always get screwed by the east. It is what it is. Yes, even Mad Max knows this. You can criticize me all you want or call me all the names you want for speaking up about this but bottom line is it’s the cold hard truth.
commented 2019-07-26 09:11:34 -0400
ya and if we tried to up-grade our own heavy Canadian oil Trudeau would find a way to stop the refinery from being built. Probably he would give our tax dollars to the Saudi,s to build one there. Why is any oil imported when we have the worlds third largest reserve?
commented 2019-07-26 02:18:08 -0400
“The majority of Saudi oil tankers are going up the Bay of Fundy to reach the Irving’s CANAPORT docks and refinery in St. John, New Brunswick… "

Not just the “majority”. All of them. The Irvings (whose refinery can’t handle heavy oil anyway) are the only substantial importer of Saudi oil.. Quebec does not use Saudi oil, it’s 80% Canadian or American-source.
commented 2019-07-25 22:31:39 -0400
Not only the St. Lawrence Glenn Craig… The majority of Saudi oil tankers are going up the Bay of Fundy to reach the Irving’s CANAPORT docks and refinery in St. John, New Brunswick… And of course “chewing up” the occasional whale who use The Bay on their regular breeding migrations north…
commented 2019-07-25 22:25:57 -0400
Great job Sheila!! I’ll be able to make good use of this, and the pipeline co. should use it to sue the Liberals. We have an independent gov body that’s not to be interfered with.
commented 2019-07-25 21:38:47 -0400
I’m extremely impressed with your reporting, Sheila. What you’re doing is what all journalists ought to be doing. Instead, we have propagandists busily crafting public opinion. Canada is becoming more totalitarian by the day. At this rate, anybody publishing anything against our “dear leaders” will be punished. We will of course lose our social media platforms but even pensioners like me could have our money suspended for wrong think.
commented 2019-07-25 20:01:17 -0400
Methinks our old friend Justin Pierre James Effing Trudeau has had his sticky finger in this pie. It’s OK for Quebec to have oil lines but not Alberta.
Not to worry, Trudeau will soon be gone, just hope that there is a Canada still here after he departs.
commented 2019-07-25 18:53:04 -0400
Foreign tankers coming up that open sewer called the Saint Lawrence and killing whales…pah…who cares…Now if the men who crew those tankers were to hit on women in a Montreal lesbian bar that would require gender impact analysis.
commented 2019-07-25 18:44:42 -0400
This is treason against Canadians.