Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will travel to Toronto, Saint John and Montreal next week to promote the proposed Energy East pipeline.
Wall will meet with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant.
The proposed $15.7 billion dollar pipeline would carry a million barrels of western Canadian oil to eastern refineries and a marine terminal in New brunswick every day.
Wall says this would have an incredible impact on the economy. “It’s worth billions of dollars to the country, $14 billion in immediate economy benefit, $4 billion dollars in Saskatchewan alone will be the benefit.”
The pipeline has been receiving opposition from environmental groups but Wall says he wants to change that perception. “What they are advocating in the case of the Leap manifesto for example and others is not always born of, they are not making evidenciry cases in most cases. It’s not born of science, it does not respect the reality of where our energy sector is at in this country or even its proportionate share of global emissions in the case of climate change. I think we’ve got to be blunt and direct in making the case, we weren’t in the past and I think that is part of the reason we are at where we are at.”
Wall noted that pipelines are the safest way to transport oil and this pipeline specifically would remove 1,500 oil tankers from the Canadian rail system.