FREDERICTON – New Brunswick's new prime minister is trying to revive energy energy – although the original proponent says the project has died.
TransCanada Corporation left the project of $ 15.7 billion more than a year, after the National Energy Board modified the ecological process.
But Prime Minister Blaine Higgs, along with some other prime ministers and federal politicians, reinforces the proposed duct again as a way of obtaining more western crude to refineries in eastern Canada and for exporting foreign markets.
Ontario and Quebec also have new elected new heads this year, and Higgs said he thought Energy East could be feasible.
"The fact that Ontario said they were not opposed to oil coming through the province, is an obstacle that has now disappeared. We know that Manitoba and Saskatchewan are fine and we know that Alberta is looking for an exit," said Higgs.
"We see that nowadays Alberta has a strong position with the purchase of rail cars and says we need to get our oil to market because they lose $ 80 million a day."
Higgs said he recognized that Quebec could still be an obstacle and he plans to discuss the project with Premier Francois Legault this week at the first ministerial meeting in Montreal.
"We're talking about interprovincial trade. There are some key issues, and that's for us. That's important for our province. We need some gains," said Higgs.
Higgs said he had discussed Energy Energy two weeks ago with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He said Trudeau said he would be willing to discuss the matter again, if Higgs was able to get Quebecon.
But the biggest hurry may have an interesting TransCanada. The company quoted the regulatory changes and "changed circumstances" as the reason for its extraction last year.
In a statement, Terry Cunha, a communications administrator for TransCanada, said their position had not changed.
"We are not planning to review the project. We are focusing on developing more than $ 36 billion in the business security and power generation we are currently taking place across North America, including Keystone XL and the Coastal GasLink project in BC," he wrote.
Higgs said he did not surprise the position of the Calgary company.
"If you spend 800 million dollars and you will be politicized so that decisions will not be made, instead it is delayed and … then suddenly the rules change in the middle of flow and then you do not have any way forward," said Higgs.
"I do not blame them. I will not jump on the car.
However, Higgs said he thought that if there was a company that applied the National Energy Board and the process was successful, then TransCanada would want to go back on board.
Federal Conservative Director Andrew Sheer was also a great Energy Assistant supporter and said that a federal Conservative government would seek to revive the project.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said last week to restart the project much feels.
"Our government would be very interested in any effort that has been directed to another project to get our product to cartridge and to provide the Canadian market if we could find a way to do it more efficiently," she told reporters in Ottawa.
"Very honest, it is quite wrong that we sell our oil in Alberta for $ 10, and then in eastern Canada we are importing from places like Saudi Arabia." This does not have a sense. "
Energy East would see much of the western crude going to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John.
Higgs said he was still trying to revive Energy East with Irving, where he worked for more than three decades and retired as a leader before entering politics.
"I know that their interest would still be there, because they would have at least 100,000 barrels per day for foreign crude oil, perhaps more. That commitment would still be because they still work and continue to buy foreign crude," he said.
But New Brunswick's Green Leader, David Coon, said Higgs needed to change 180 degrees – and instead looks at reducing fossil fuels.
"The World Meteorological Organization has just announced a study that, if we continue to follow the way we follow, we will now explode the parliamentary agreement and enter three to five degrees of heat, which is catastrophic," he said.
But a study of the Canadian Energy Research Institute – released in January – concluded that refineries in central and Atlantic Canada would see lower costs and less light effects, if they bought more Canadian crude oil.
The study found that instead of Canadian oil, wherever possible to use space on existing tubes, railways or ocean tanks, would result in a reduction of 47 percent in foreign oil businesses in East Canada, saving $ 210 million a year, and the equivalent of more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide, or about 5.7 percent.