Canadian Government to Unveil Panel to Overhaul National Energy Board

The Canadian government will announce as early as Tuesday a panel whose goal is to overhaul the government’s energy regulator, the National Energy Board, as part of the country’s efforts to increase public confidence in Canada’s environmental review process.

The five-member panel is part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to fulfill the promise he made to concerned environmentalists and aboriginal groups when assuming office in 2015, which was to revamp the National Energy Board and place greater weight on the potential environmental impacts from pipeline projects in the country.

The proposed panel will have until the end of March to suggest changes to the National Energy Board as Trudeau continues to make decisions regarding pipeline projects such as Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline.

The Canadian government has until December 19 to decide on the fate of the Trans Mountain expansion and November 25 to decide the next steps for Northern Gateway pipeline.

Wall Street Journal