Environmental groups are stepping up efforts to convince Canadian authorities to reject a major new pipeline to the east coast, with one think tank saying on Thursday that filling the new line would generate up to 45 percent more carbon emissions than the controversial Keystone XL.
The estimate by the Pembina Institute, which has opposed oil sands development, is the latest salvo in the battle by some groups to block plans to build new pipelines from Canada's oil patch. Greenpeace, the Council of Canadians and other groups have previously spoken out against Energy East.
While most efforts have thus far focused on TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL line, Pembina's report may spur more debate over the impact of the company's other big project, Energy East, which would be Canada's biggest at 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd), larger than Keystone.
Producing the crude oil that would flow through Energy East would generate 30 million to 32 millions tonnes of ...