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The government of Quebec said Tuesday that it will seek an injunction against TransCanada’s East Energy pipeline to ensure the company complies with environmental protections.

According to Reuters, Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel said the injunction has been filed to ensure the 1.1 million barrel per day project complies with the province’s environmental laws.

Heurtel claims that the company failed to respond to two letters sent in 2014 that told the company it needed to submit a provincial environmental assessment.

TransCanada spokesman Tim Duboyce told Reuters the company was “a little perplexed” by the injunction because Heurtel ordered a separate environmental study last June and added that the company will participate in that study.

Public hearings for that study are set to begin on March 7.

Duboyce told the Canadian Press that TransCanada had been under “the impression the issue raised in the two older letters had thus been resolved, an impression reinforced by the fact we did not receive any other indication there remained an issue” until Heurtel announced the injunction.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the Canadian Press that she believes Quebec is not looking to stop the project but may want a review similar to one requested by Ontario’s Minister of Energy in 2013.

The 2,858 mile East Energy pipeline will carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.

TransCanada was dealt a blow late last year when President Barack Obama rejected the company’s $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline following a seven year long review.


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