OTTAWA, March 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU)
welcomes the filing of the Energy East Project Description with the
National Energy Board. This first formal step brings Canada one step
closer to energy security and one step closer to no longer having to
rely on foreign oil.
Speaking on behalf of CBTU, Canadian Director Robert Blakely said in
Edmonton today: "Our membership, half a million strong across the
country is looking forward to this project; it is as much of a nation
building project as the first transcontinental railway was for Canada.
Western oil will enable industrial growth and jobs in Quebec and New
Brunswick which will last for the length of the operating life of the
Energy East Pipeline. Our members will get to build the pumping
stations, the marine loading terminals and the storage facilities as
well as the pipeline itself. Canadians should make no mistake, the
pipeline jobs and the construction jobs of this utility are just gravy
- - the jobs in the extraction facilities in the West and in the
refineries and other facilities in the East are long term, high skilled
well-paying jobs for large numbers of Canadian."
The Building Trades also announced the support it has for the
consultation process undertaken by TransCanada in respect of the
project and its ongoing commitment to maintain this dialogue for the
duration of the project. John Telford, Canadian Vice President for the
United Association, the pipefitters and pipe wielders who construct
pipelines, said "we think that TransCanada's showing real leadership in
the area of being open and honest with the land owners, First Nations
and communities along the right of way. Our members build these
facilities, they are the best trained tradespeople on the planet and we
will build this line to world class standards."
Mr. Blakely noted that TransCanada has had an extensive consultation
process but mentioned "The consultation process in respect of Energy
East wasn't a one shot deal. If you live along the right of way there
will be Open Houses in centres in all provinces during March and April.
TransCanada will be there and the people who build these facilities
will be there we would invite you to come out and see for yourself what
this project will be about. TransCanada believes in responsible
development and so do we!"
Canada's Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 building and
construction unions that represent a membership of more than 500,000
skilled tradespeople across Canada.
SOURCE: Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
For further information:
Robert R. Blakely, Canadian Director, CBTU, at (613) 236-0653 or at email@example.com