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TransCanada submits Energy East application

The hot-button project gets more complicated as opponents forced to carve through 30,000-pade report



CALGARY—TransCanada Corp. says its regulatory application for the proposed Energy East pipeline is a massive document with 30,000 pages that provide a comprehensive analysis of the project’s impact on the economy and environment.

The $12-billion project would be one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever built in Canada, spanning six provinces and 4,600 kilometres.

It would ship Alberta crude through pipe that’s already in the ground for two-thirds of the way, with new pipeline being built through Quebec and New Brunswick.

Energy East would deliver crude to export terminals planned for Quebec and New Brunswick, enabling shipments to Europe, India and other destinations.

However, the project has raised concerns among local communities and environmental groups who fear the potential for leaks that could affect water supplies and other risks from transporting Alberta crude to Eastern Canada and beyond.

The application is an important step in TransCanada’s efforts to get approval for the Energy East project.

“Our application outlines how Energy East will be built and operated in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, while generating significant benefits for all Canadians,” TransCanada president and CEO Russ Girling said in a statement early Thursday.

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