Transcanada's project, which would have ferried 1.1 million barrels per day through the Quebec port, risked threatening the fragile population with oil spills and shipping traffic noise and pollution. A new Canadian law bars companies from destroying habitat that's critical to endangered species, and may have pushed TransCanada to bow out.
But the battle's not over for wildlife. Development on the Energy East pipeline, once described by Bloomberg as "Keystone on steroids," continues, displacing animals in its wake. The pipeline will still send those 1.1 million barrels of oil shooting along the longest pipeline in North America, threatening to fragment habitats and unleash oil spills on neighboring wildlife.