Posted: July 18th, 2015
As a consultant with Ryder and Associates (Suite 1000, Beau Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 2A3), you have
been hired to assess the Energy East proposal and to advise the NEB whether to approve or to reject
the proposal, or to approve it with conditions.
Instructions: Please prepare a formal report that answers the following prompt. The formatting for
your report should resemble that of the model report on pages 149-59 of Impact! Moreover, your
report should include all of the following elements:
� A title page
� A letter of transmission
� An executive summary
� A report body (4-5 pages), with proper section headings and logical flow
� References to at least eight reliable print research resources (APA style referencing)
� A bibliography (APA style referencing)
Chapter 8 of Impact! and pages 126-44 of the Little Penguin Handbook will be useful resources as you prepare this assignment.
Prompt: Should the National Energy Board (NEB) approve the application submitted by TransCanada
Oil Pipelines (Canada) Ltd. for the proposed Energy East project? If approved, the project would create
thousands of jobs across Canada, including 2,000 construction jobs in the province of New Brunswick,
where current unemployment stands at 11%. It would also result in an estimated $950 million savings
in transmission costs for TransCanada in the first 15 years following completion. Along with the Prime
Minister of Canada, the premiers of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick have all
voiced support for the proposal.
Opposition to the proposed pipeline, however, is fierce. While some stakeholders are concerned by the
risks involved in retrofitting 3,000 km of 55-year-old natural gas pipeline to carry crude oil, others
worry that the project will interrupt or jeopardize the supply of natural gas to central and eastern
Ontario. Environmental concerns about transporting the dirtiest form of oil across most of Canada
prompt others to object in principle to any pipeline of this nature.
Scenario: As a consultant with Ryder and Associates (Suite 1000, Beau Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N
2A3), you have been hired to assess the Energy East proposal and to advise the NEB whether to
approve or to reject the proposal, or to approve it with conditions.
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