Statement on Announcement of NEB Modernization Panel
The Government of Canada today announced the five-member expert panel and Terms of Reference for modernizing the National Energy Board (NEB). Transition Initiative Kenora (TIK) applauds this commitment to reform the NEB and expects an outcome that will restore public faith in the regulation and oversight of interprovincial pipeline and powerline projects in Canada.
“In its current form, the National Energy Board review process for pipelines fails to provide adequate support and opportunity for public and Indigenous participation, and it refuses to consider downstream and cumulative climate impacts of projects under review, among other procedural problems. This deeply flawed process delivers outcomes that lack credibility, with the result that Canadians no longer trust the federal regulator or the government when it comes to projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain or Energy East pipelines,” said TIK executive director, Teika Newton.
TIK, an intervenor in the Energy East pipeline review, is specifically looking for improvements to better support public and Indigenous participation and a more credible regulatory process that takes into account Canada’s international climate obligations and policies as part of project assessments. We also expect the expert panel to incorporate recommendations developed through the current review of other environmental legislation in Canada, namely the Environmental Assessment Reform review, and the reviews of the Fisheries Act and Navigation Protection Act.
TIK looks forward to engaging with the NEB Modernization expert panel to help develop recommendations for reforming the National Energy Board and its enabling legislation.