Energy board changes pipeline complaint rules

“[K]anadians who want to tell the National Energy Board what they think about proposed pipeline projects – either in person or in writing – must now complete a 10-page application form proving they would be directly affected by the development or that they have relevant expertise.

The new rules the NEB unveiled on Friday stem from provisions in omnibus budget legislation drafted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government and passed into law last year. Environmental groups say they are the Conservatives’ response to the thousands of people who indicated an interest in voicing opposition to Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.”

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Implications: Part of the omnibus slash and burn has resulted in even more strict guidelines for intervenors hoping to speak up against proposed pipeline projects, particularly Line 9. In the face of failed NEB processes in the case of the Line9A reversal (before the omnibus bill) – what other forms of resistance can we rely on to stop this pipeline? Reminder that NEB forms are due April 19th, 2013. As important as it is for us all to go through the “appropriate avenues” whenever possible, we need to think critically and strategically inter-regionally if we hope to prevent tar sands dilbit from flowing through Line 9.


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