Living Oceans was granted intervenor status in the all-new approval process created by the Harper government’s first omnibus bill. The changes made in 2012 stripped the NEB of its decision-making authority but added responsibility for environmental review of energy projects. Under the new regime, in other words, the NEB only makes recommendations; the federal Cabinet is the decision-maker; and the role of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is eliminated. In addition, legislative amendments imposed tight new timelines on the review which proved impossible to meet.
Energy and Climate Change
VANCOUVER—Living Oceans reacted with shock today to learn that the federal government intends to cut the budget of the National Energy Board, the sole regulator charged with both enhanced pipeline safety and the environmental assessment of dozens of projects.
VANCOUVER—Groups opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project today expressed their concern in the face of a major change to safety requirements proposed for a port assessed by Transport Canada as having the highest risk of any existing Canadian port for an oil spill. The change would reduce by up to 70 percent the requirement for pilots to board ships outside Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, before entering the busy port.