Is Canada ever going to get a pipeline built? Certainly not if the environmental extremists have their way.
Today Environmental Defence and a consortium of 50 other groups issued a demand of the government to throw out the National Energy Board, revamp it from top to bottom, and start current pipeline approval processes over from scratch. That would mean dumping the hearings for both Energy East and the Transmountain Pipeline for who knows how long.
The group may have a point about Energy East. After was revealed two board members sought out a meeting with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest not knowing he was a paid consultant for TransCanada Pipelines, they may be irreparably tarnished as biased. Fair enough. The Trudeau government should replace the Energy East panel members, restart the hearings and continue on.
But what does any of that have to do with the Transmountain Pipeline process? Precisely nothing. Environmental Defence is simply being opportunistic in using the error in the Energy East hearings to try to bring all energy pipeline development to a complete halt. The government shouldn’t fall for that.
Listen to my full interview with Patrick DeRochie from Environmental Defence.