A new online poll suggests 64 per cent of Canadians support the Energy East pipeline project, but differs by region.
The proposal to ship Alberta crude to Atlantic Canada had the strongest backing in the west, namely Alberta and Saskatchewan with 87 per cent and 78 per cent, respectively.
Both are oil-producing provinces who want to get their crude to international markets, something the Energy East Pipeline would enable, along with a proposed export terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick.
However, in Quebec the poll suggests support for Energy East is only at 48 per cent.
The poll, conducted by Angus Reid, also asked respondents whether they support the Montreal-area mayors who raised environmental concerns about Energy East in January.
Responses showed stark regional divides, with 11 per cent of Albertans and 58 per cent of Quebecers surveyed showing support.
The Energy East pipeline project would convert around 3,000 kilometres of natural gas pipeline to oil transportation, it would also require around 1,600 kilometres of new pipeline, along with pump stations and tank facilities to be constructed.
The total cost for the project is projected to be around $12-billion and would be the longest in North America.
Photo: Trans Alaska-Alyeska Oil Pipeline