Beluga Whale tail via shutterstock. Reproduced at Resilience.org with permission.
TransCanada announced on Thursday a two-year delay in the completion of its proposed Energy East pipeline, which would transport tar sands oil across Canada from Alberta to New Brunswick. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada recommended that beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River be declared endangered, forcing TransCanada to scrap a planned oil export terminal in Cacouna, Quebec, where the whales migrate and raise calves.
The company now has two pipelines on hold due to environmental concerns, asKeystone XL is also stalled. Here are a few takeaways from the tar sands industry’s most recent setback.