A week after protesters shut down hearings into the Energy East pipeline proposal, environmentalist want Ottawa to shut down the Nation Energy Board review process.
More than 50 Canadian environmental and activists organizations have sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr demanding that TransCanada and Kinder Morgan pipeline project reviews be put on the shelf until the NEB process is changed. The groups say the federal regulator is not legitimate due to conflict-of-intereset and a failure to adequately consult First Nations.
Patrick DeRochie with Environmental Defence says the Trudeau government must overhaul the review process for pipelines and also show how Canada can build new pipelines and meet its greenhouse gas emission targets.
Trudeau has promised to reform the NEB process which he has criticized in the past. He instituted interim measures to allow the NEB to review the Kinder Morgan and TransCanada pipeline proposals while the government overhauls the way energy projects are approved.
In Montreal last week, protesters disrupted the first two days of hearings into the Energy East proposal prompting an indefinite delay in the proceedings.