Iron Horse Trading
CALGARY-BASED CHALEUR TERMINALS plans to transport 150,000 b/d of Alberta and Saskatchewan crude by rail to Belledune, New Brunswick, where it will be transported by a 3.7-kilometer aboveground pipeline, and loaded onto tankers for export. Canadian National Railway (CN) has two existing pathways to transport the oil from Alberta to Belledune, and the export terminal is currently under construction. “We are looking at a variety of destinations including Europe, Asia and the U.S., and this proposed project provides an excellent market-access opportunity to tidewater,” says John Levson, vice-president of Chaleur.
So far, the project has largely passed under the radar, avoiding the kind of reputational damage inflicted by protestors to Energy East. That is, until now. Mi’gmaq First Nations groups in Quebec have taken legal action against Chaleur and the government of New Brunswick. They say the environmental impact of the project has not been properly researched and allege that the province did not consult with them adequately. Chaleur refutes the claim. While many communities, including non-First Nations, have voiced opposition to the project, political leaders have been largely supportive, saying that the project would create a number of temporary and full-time jobs, and open up the Canadian oil market.