Aug 13, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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The Ontario Energy Board says there is an imbalance in the environmental and economic risks of the Energy East pipeline project and the expected benefits.

The board says its primary concerns are about pipeline safety and the impact on lakes, rivers and drinking water in the event of an oil spill, and wants it routed away from environmentally sensitive areas.

It says Ontario residents are also concerned about the impact on natural gas supplies and prices when the pipeline is converted to carry oil.

TransCanada Corp is planning to build the pipeline at an estimated cost of at least  $12 billion to carry Alberta oil to ports in New Brunswick.

For two-thirds of the way, TransCanada hopes to convert a natural gas pipeline for oil and then build all new pipe thought Quebec and New Brunswick.

The energy board’s report will form the basis of the Ontario government’s position at the National Energy Board’s hearings into the pipeline project.

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