Anti-Keystone XL group takes first shot at its new target: Energy East – by Claudia Cattaneo (Financial Post – July 26, 2016)

The big U.S. green group that led the assault against Keystone XL is firing its opening salvo Tuesday against Energy East, joining an already-crowded field of opponents and proving Alberta’s and Canada’s climate change plans are failing to moderate anti-pipeline campaigns.

The New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is holding a telephone press conference to talk about a report it prepared “documenting TransCanada’s plan and discuss the potential harm if it goes forward to communities (including those that depend on fishing), iconic species (among them whales), special places and the climate.”

In a news advisory, the NRDC paints Energy East as even worse than KXL. Both pipelines are proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp.

“TransCanada, the company that pushed the risky Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, is back with an even more dangerous plan to build a new pipeline across eastern Canada and ship tar sands oil by hundreds of tankers along the U.S. East Coast to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico,” the group said.

Supported by legions of lawyers and with close ties with the White House, the NRDC also said it is starting a petition calling on President Barack Obama “to ban tar sands tankers” associated with Energy East.

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