The Canadian government will deploy dredge equipment to New Brunswick to help the province prepare for the arrival of a massive offshore oil pipeline.
The Canadian Coast Guard will also begin work to install the devices, which will help the coastal communities prepare for possible flooding by a proposed oil pipeline that would carry crude oil from Alberta to refineries on the Atlantic coast.
The devices, each about 20 feet in diameter and weighing about 1,400 pounds, will be installed along the New Brunswick coast this week and will be deployed by mid-October.
They will be used to survey the coastline for signs of flooding and the possibility of an oil spill.
The National Energy Board said it expects to be ready to deploy the equipment by the end of the month, but a spokesman for the provincial government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The New Brunswick government has asked the federal government to provide the $1 billion to help build a pipeline to connect with an existing oil terminal on the province’s Atlantic coast, which could provide a significant boost to the provincial economy.
The province has had difficulty obtaining federal funding because it does not have a formal pipeline system.
The pipeline would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to refiners on the New York-New Jersey coast.
A New York judge recently ordered the federal Energy Department to pay $7.6 million in a lawsuit brought by a New Brunswick community over a possible oil spill, saying the government failed to provide adequate warning about a potential oil spill before the project was approved.