Energy, climate change and emergency planning top the agenda as the New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers gather in La Malbaie, Quebec, for their annual meeting.
During Monday’s meeting, the leaders are hearing presentations on energy efficiency and promoting of energy efficient vehicles.
They’re also discussing climate change and rail transport safety.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage spoke in favor of the proposed TransCanada Energy East oil pipeline, which would deliver up to 1.1 million barrels daily from Alberta to Quebec, then to New Brunswick.
New Brunswick Premier David Alward says the recent rail disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec, reinforces the need to have proper regulatory and safety systems in place to protect the public.
The meeting is hosted by Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.