Demise of Energy East Pipeline Draws Cheers in Quebec

Politicians and environmental campaigners in Quebec are shedding few tears over TransCanada Corp.’s decision to pull the plug on its Energy East pipeline project.

“Very proud” of the outcome, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who is running for re-election next month, said Thursday in a tweet. Patrick Bonin, head of climate and energy campaigning at Greenpeace Canada, was even more ebullient: “Victory!!!! Energy East is dead!!!” he tweeted in French.

TransCanada had applied to build Energy East three years ago, seeking to open access for Western Canadian oil producers to the Atlantic Ocean for exports to Europe. It faced intense opposition in Quebec, where Premier Philippe Couillard said the C$15.7 billion ($12.5 billion) line posed a significant risk to its freshwater resources.