All future hearings into TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline project have been suspended indefinitely by the National Energy Board.
The NEB says before they proceed, it has to make a decision regarding two of the three commissioners overseeing the review process.
It’s been revealed the pair had a meeting with former Quebec premier Jean Charest who, at the time, was a paid lobbyist for TransCanada.
The hearing process was stalled in Montreal this week when protestors managed to derail proceedings on Monday.
“They’ve disrupted a national process that had respected indigenous leaders at the table, had respected political and business people and Canadian taxpayers are footing that bill. So I find it disturbing and frustrating that the fringe has somehow managed to gain control.”
The federal regulatory body says part of the reason for suspending the hearings was that the safety of participants could not be guaranteed.