The federal government has unveiled interim changes to how the National Energy Board reviews pipeline projects.
More robust changes to the regulator’s review process are coming, but some proposals already under review will have to accommodate new rules.
The Trans Mountain pipeline review will now have to include upstream greenhouse gas emissions.
First Nations to have greater role
National Resources Minister Jim Carr says the government will so kick in more cash so First Nations can participate better.
“We intend to seek an additional four months for the government of Canada’s legislated time limit to render a final decision (on Trans Mountain) that will give us until December 2016 to decide whether the project is in the national interest.”
The Energy East pipeline on the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest and Woodfibre LNG proposals here in B.C. are also affected.