Part 1 of a two-part blog post on the environmental review process for energy projects in Canada
In the wake of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) conditional approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, here are some things we thought you should know about energy projects and fish in Canada.
Regulatory Hand-Off - The National Energy Board is in Charge of… Protecting Fish?
Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has always been responsible for the protection of fish and the aquatic environment in Canada. But on December 16, 2013, DFO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which makes the NEB responsible for the assessment of impacts to fish from energy projects such as pipelines and transmission lines.
At the time, with all the upheaval and changes to government brought on by the Conservative majority and the recent passing of Bill c-38, very little was made of this. Two and a half years on, we wanted to ask the question. Does this delegation of responsibility make any sense?