This week, Natural Resources Minister Carr and Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna concluded a press conference announcing new rules for pipeline projects.
Wednesday’s much anticipated announcement comes amid a tumultuous two weeks where Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and TransCanada’s Energy East project were capitulated onto a national news stage, unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Reported in Council of Canadians’ energy and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue’s blog are details about the new rules and an assessment based on what we want to see in pipeline reviews. Details included here are informed by a government backgrounder, and in viewing Wednesday’s press conference.
Wednesday’s announcement confirms both a transition process for existing projects and a longer term overhaul of environmental assessments and the National Energy Board (NEB) that will reportedly happen over the course of two years.
The principles guiding the transition process are:
- Project proponent are not forced to start over
- Process is science-based, employs traditional ecological knowledge and other relevant evidence
- Views of affected communities are sought and considered
- Process supports First Nation consultation and accommodation
- Process includes direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions linked to project