TransCanada proposed pipeline route: what N.B. landowners should know

Further to our previous post on protecting landowner rights, Dave Core, of the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowners Associations (CAEPLA) has supplied important Q&A information based on a meeting with TransCanada Pipelines Limited (TCPL), concerning their Energy East Project, on August 13, 2013.

The questions in this .pdf document were asked by New Brunswick woodlot owners. You will find TCPL answers below the questions, and responses from the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations (CAEPLA) in italic below those.

Please share this information with landowners who may be living along the proposed pipeline route. The image below shows the proposed route (in red) from Edmundston to Saint John.



Dave stresses the importance of landowners getting organized into a cohesive bargaining group as soon as possible in order to protect their interests and their investment.  CAEPELA can provide valuable information and resources to assist with this.

Public meetings will be held in a few scattered communities in August and September. This may be the only time that New Brunswickers have a chance to ask questions and voice concerns.  Understand this:

“Now, under new National Energy Board (NEB) rules, they¹ve made it almost impossible for Canadian citizens to provide input on tar sands pipeline, tanker or rail projects. If you wish to submit a simple letter of comment, you must first fill out a nine-page online application explaining why you are qualified to speak. Then the NEB gets to decide if you can submit comments based on a very strict set of criteria.”

This will essentially muzzle all public comment. (Sign a petition against this denial of free speech and democratic process now.)

CAEPLA has created an instruction booklet – When the Landman Comes Calling – advising landowners of the risks of leasing. If you know of a friend or neighbour who has been approached by a land agent or anyone else trying to acquire a land or pipeline lease, share or print the attached document with them.  Also share the document with anyone who has stated they are willing to lease their land.