Opponents to the Trans Mountain pipeline project say they’re getting mixed messages now that the Trudeau Liberals have been elected.
While the Liberals have vowed to completely revamp the approval process, the National Energy Board announced this week it is resuming previously suspended hearings on the project.
Kai Nagata with the Dogwood Initiative says that’s causing problems for intervenors on both sides of the project.
“It’s a tough bit of timing for all of the people who are involved in the process, because people are spending literally hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers, trying to prep their final submissions in a process that the Prime Minister has said is going to be basically irrelevant.”
Nagata says that’s because the NEB is an independent body.
“It’s a little bit confusing for people who are hearing from Justin Trudeau that the process has to start over, and of course because it’s already out of the gate, the National Energy Board is independent, it’s continuing to roll ahead.”
He says the process will keep going until the government either re-writes the rules, or throws out the final report.