The proposed Energy East Pipeline project application process is experiencing some delays. According to Ben Powless of Ecology Ottawa, four commissioned reports that were to be presented in Ottawa by the Ontario Energy Board January 22nd are still incomplete. These reports, on Environmental Impacts, Climate Change, Economics, and Pipeline Safety, were to be open for discussion at the final community consultation meeting. Powless says according to several independent contractors, TransCanada’s application is also incomplete, making it impossible at this point for them to do their work. The Ontario Energy Board is set to return to Ottawa next week for a two-day provincial stakeholders meeting on the controversial project. The Energy East pipeline is planned to cross the Rideau River in North Grenville.
pictured: Ben Powless, Ecology Ottawa; Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians at TransCanada’s last community consultation in North Grenville, late 2014