Here is your chance to fix the National Energy Board!
The National Energy Board (NEB) is broken. The NEB should be guiding Canada’s transition to a sustainable low-carbon future as it considers new major pipelines and offshore oil and gas projects. Unfortunately, recent experience with the Trans Mountain, Northern Gateway and Energy East pipeline/tanker projects shows that the NEB does not understand the imperatives for Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent further biodiversity losses. Nature Canada’s view is that independent panels should review the environmental effects of pipelines and not the oil-industry dominated NEB.
An expert panel to recommend measures to modernize the NEB was established by Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr in November and will report back by May 15.
The expert panel will visit the following cities to hear the views of Canadians as part of its engagement activities:
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – January 25–26, 2017
- Toronto, Ontario – February 1–2, 2017
- Vancouver, British Columbia – February 8–9, 2017
- Winnipeg, Manitoba – February 15–16, 2017
- Ottawa, Ontario – February 22–23, 2017
- Fort St. John, British Columbia – March 1–2, 2017
- Edmonton, Alberta – March 7–8, 2017
- Iqaluit, Nunavut – March 14–15, 2017
- Saint John, New Brunswick – March, 21–22, 2017
- Montreal, Quebec – March 28–29, 2017
Three types of sessions will be open to the public on the first day in each city: presentations, dialogue sessions and open houses. On the second day in each location, the panel will meet with Indigenous peoples to discuss the needs and interests of their communities. Sessions on both days are open to anyone with an interest in the modernization of the NEB. Registration is required for each session and can be done on the panel’s website.
Have your say in reforming the National Energy Board!