In a press release sent last week, the MRC d’Argenteuil was celebrating TransCanada’s decision to kill its Energy East pipeline.
Citing “changed circumstances,” the company announced last Thursday that it would no longer be pursuing the 4,500-kilometre pipeline that would have carried crude oil from the Alberta oilsands to refineries in Québec and New Brunswick.
The project would have built in Saint-André-Argenteuil and Lachute to accommodate the estiamted 1.1 million barrels of crude oil flowing through the pipeline every day.
According to the release, Argenteuil had declared itself in opposition to the proposed pipeline in 2014 citing concerns for surface and groundwater among other potential negative environmental impacts.
“The MRC d’Argenteuil council denounced the incoherence, lack of transparency and attitude of the promotor,” reads the release. “The MRC d’Argenteuil tried many times to obtain answers to its concerns from TransCanada without success.”