The first day of the Energy East hearing in Montreal was cancelled before the session even got underway.
The National Energy Board suspended the hearing until tomorrow after protestors broke into the downtown venue and started screaming and chanting.
— Kelly Greig (@KellyGreig) August 29, 2016
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre was the first scheduled speaker today, but instead walked out a few minutes after a man ran screaming towards the commissioners. He was grabbed by security but overpowered them and was joined by several other protestors who chanted, held hands and prevented the proceedings from getting going.
The NEB hearings director says the energy regulator will try to resume Tuesday.
Many Quebec activists and politicians, including Coderre have opposed the TransCanada project that would transport crude oil from Alberta to New Brunswick.
The hearings are set for all week in Montreal before moving to Quebec City the week of Oct. 3.
— Energy East Pipeline (@EnergyEast) August 29, 2016