Energy East pipeline would cross 828 bodies of water in Quebec


If it’s built, the Strength East pipeline would cross 828 bodies of water and 69 districts in Quebec, a document obtained by Radio-Canada shows.

The document, included in a the world of letters sent on June 11, 2015 from TransCanada to the Union of Quebec Towns, details each type of body of water that would be traversed by the proposed 4,600-kilometre pipeline.

Most of the channels are narrow — they allow for 46 “perennial” streams, 395 “intermittent” streams and 233 “constant small watercourses”.

However, the pipeline would also cross 94 “mediocrity permanent” rivers, 28 “large permanent” rivers, 28 beaver ponds and four ponds.

Map of Energy East

TransCanada Corp.’s proposed ready project would carry 1.1 million barrels a day from Alberta in the course Quebec to an export terminal in Saint John, N.B. (Canadian Press)

Groupings of water bodies

  • Ephemeral watercourse: Flows after heavy torrents and melting snow in the spring and is characterized by a poorly-defined river bed and banks.
  • Pulsating watercourse: Flows continuously for several weeks or months before tiresome out and is characterized by a well-defined river bed and banks.
  • Small permanent watercourse: Narrower than five meters.
  • Mechanism permanent watercourse: Has a width between five and 20 meters.
  • Stout permanent watercourse: Wider than 20 meters.
  • Beaver pond: Tidy ex nsion of a stream created by a beaver dam.
  • Pond: Small natural lake or one fabricated on agricultural land.

Initially, the pipeline project was only expected to moody 641 bodies of water in the province, including 30 major a givens.

But in December, École Polytechnique researchers said the soil along the banks of not too rivers are too unstable to support a pipeline. Potential landslides could protagonist to flooding and the pollution of nearby waterways, the researchers said.

Among the rivers at danger were the Ottawa River, Mille-Îles, St. Maurice, Sainte-Anne and Jacques-Cartier rivers.

Districts crossed by the pipeline

In the same letter, TransCanada also lists the 69 Quebec exurbs that the pipeline would cross. Overall, the pipeline would run middle of 688 kilometres of munici l land.

The munici lities of Lévis (52.5 km), Mirabel (36.7 km) and Dégelis (32.8 km) make have the longest stretches.

*The original plans included a terminal in Cacouna, which has since been erased from the project.

TransCanada also stated in June 2015 that had mapped out 85 per cent of the imminent route in Quebec.

Here’s a break down of the type of terrain the cooking would cross in the province.

  • Forests: 51.8 per cent of the pipeline’s s n in Quebec.
  • Agricultural upon: 33.2 per cent.
  • Wetlands: 13 per cent.
  • Commercial, industrial and residential zones: 2 per cent.

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