Titusville residents unhappy with Energy East route

14 11 2014

An updated route is expected to be filed within the next couple of months

CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2014 10:26 PM AT Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014 10:26 PM AT

Rick Verge erected this sign to make it clear what his thoughts are on the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Rick Verge erected this sign to make it clear what his thoughts are on the proposed Energy East pipeline. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

Titusville resident Rick Verge does not have any interest in having a proposed energy pipeline run across his property.

“I don’t want it. There’s no ifs, ands or buts, so I’m not interested in taking money. I just don’t want the 300-foot wide clearcut section on my property,” said the Titusville resident.

Verge was first notified by an official from TransCanada Corp. a year ago that the proposed Energy East pipeline would be passing through his land.

Verge repeatedly asked TransCanada to find another route.

Down the road, Janet Kilpatrick also told a TransCanada land agent she wasn’t interested. After being told her protests would go nowhere, she signed an agreement to allow surveyors to study the local habitat.

Both Kilpatrick and Verge say they’ve recently been contacted by another TransCanada employee saying the pipeline would no longer be on their land, but when they checked the maps, nothing had changed.

A TransCanada spokesperson says the proposed pathway may no longer be accurate to the plan.

“And that’s because we’re a little behind updating the latest proposed route,” said Tim Duboyce.

An updated route is expected to be filed within the next couple of months. The final one may not be known until the National Energy Board gives its seal of approval.

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