MONTREAL - The National Energy Board's review of the Energy East Pipeline is heading into what could be hostile territory when hearings resume today in Montreal.
First up to speak will be Mayor Denis Coderre, who has called for the hearings to be suspended after questioning their impartiality.
The Energy East project is a 4,500-kilometre pipeline that would see crude oil transported from Alberta to Eastern Canada.
Many politicians and activists in Quebec have opposed the project due to environmental concerns, although it has supporters as well.
A coalition of business groups and large unions came out in defence of the pipeline last week, saying it will spur economic development and job creation.
Hearings will be held in Montreal all week before moving to Quebec City the week of Oct. 3.