Toronto, ON – Today’s ruling by the new Energy East panel to void all decisions to date and restart the review from scratch is the right move. The decision is in the best interest of all parties after the pipeline review was tainted beyond repair by the perception of bias.
For the new review of Energy East to be credible, the process cannot be restarted until the reform of the National Energy Board (NEB) and Canada’s environmental assessment laws is complete. The federal government admitted that the current process is broken and appointed an expert panel to modernize the NEB.
Energy East must undergo an overhauled NEB process that respects First Nations rights, allows for public participation, and that includes a climate test to show whether projects fit with Canada’s climate commitments.
New energy projects, including pipelines, should not proceed unless they are aligned with Canada’s climate commitments and the Alberta tar sands emissions cap.
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