TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP) Challenges Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB)

Written By Jason Stutman

Posted August 21, 2013

TransCanada Sues Enbridge

TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP) has filed for a lawsuit against Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) for canceling an agreement to co-operate on a natural gas pipleline located in the Greater Toronto Area. The claim was filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and argues that TransCanada would face “irreparable harm” if Enbridge decides to end the agreement.

Enbridge argues that it broke the memorandum of understanding, because it would have resulted in the company breaking Candian law. Enbridge claims that TransCanada was offering toll discounts to certain customers, and didn’t offer full pipeline capacity. The Ontario Energy Board requires pipeline capacity to be offered on the market in an “open and non-discrimitory manner.”

TransCanada is seeking $4.5 billion in financial compensation, as well as a court order for Enbridge to continue operations.

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