The head of the Canada West Foundation is coming to the defense of the National Energy Board which was forced to suspend its Energy East pipeline hearings last week due to protests.
The hearings were halted after it came to light that officials from Trans-Canada, the company behind the pipeline, met with N-E-B panelists last year.
But Martha Hall Findlay says that is not the only group the board met with.
“The N-E-B also met with a number of the environmental groups that are part of the complaint. So you don’t hear allegations ‘well all of a sudden the N-E-B is biased because they met with them.’ In this particular case, perception is difficult, I’m sure the N-E-B will figure this out.”
Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has said it’s up to the N-E-B to sort out the allegations on its own.
Carr says there’s plenty of time for the NEB to get the Energy East hearings back on track and said ultimately the decision whether to approve the pipeline will be up to the Liberal cabinet, based on what’s in the national interest.
Pictured – Martha Hall Findlay