Environmental groups visit Saint John to examine proposed pipeline location
About a dozen environmentalists from across the country are in Saint John until Saturday for a close up look at where the proposed Energy East pipeline would go.
Joanna Kerr with Green Peace Canada says she came to get a better understanding of what the impact would be if the pipeline and terminal were to come to the Port City.
"I’m part of an international organization that is very, very concerned about the tar sands, that's the fastest growing source of greenhouse emissions in Canada, and with the global fight to stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline,” she said. “Sight lines are on really trying to stop the expansion of the Energy East pipeline."
Environmental leaders say they want to get a look and feel for the area of where this proposed pipeline could go.
“We are getting a better sense of just what's going to happen,” said Peter Robinson of the David Suzuki Foundation. “Talking to local fisherman and local communities, so we're happy to lend our support to local communities as they deal with this issue."
"We really want to show people some of the existing infrastructure,” said Fundy Bay Keeper Matt Abbott. “Also show them where the Energy East export terminal will go."
A spokesperson for TransCanada Pipeline says 2,300 full time direct and indirect jobs will be created over seven years if the pipeline comes to Saint John. They're asking people to step back and keep open mind.
If given approval, the pipeline linking Alberta and the Maritimes is to be in service by 2020.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Ashley Blackford.