Quebec’s largest natural gas distributor is pushing back against TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline, warning the project will lead to winter supply shortages and higher retail prices that would threaten the provincial economy.
“The project in its current version is problematic, as it will impede the possibility for natural gas users to have access to the necessary capacities once the conversion happens,” Gaz Metro spokeswoman Marie-Christine Demers said last week. The controversial $12-billion project would reverse an existing natural gas line and convert it to carry diluted bitumen from Alberta to a port in New Brunswick, 4,600 kilometres (2,858 miles) away.
TransCanada says it has plans to handle the problem. But Ontario’s Union Gas and Enbridge Gas Distribution have raised similar concerns.