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Plan to approve pipelines will intensify pipeline wars

Plan to approve pipelines will intensify pipeline wars

Source: The Fraser Institute
Authors: Kenneth P. GreenRoss McKitrick

The Trudeau government has announced its plan to “improve” the National Energy Board. The language of the announcement is all “sunny ways,” promising to be all things to all stakeholders. The new approval process for major energy projects will be rigorous and science-based, but at the same time based on Indigenous traditional knowledge. It will be faster and easier for developers, even as it vastly widens the scope of reviews, including new requirements to include “gender-based analysis.” It will cut red tape for resource development, even as it asks the public to suggest ways to expand the list of projects requiring review.

In short, the announcement promises two incompatible things: a leaner, more efficient approvals process, and a denser more complex review system. It’s a safe prediction that only one of these promises will be fulfilled.

Our informal motto at the Fraser Institute is: “If it matters, measure it.” We’re all for the empirical, measurable, and meaningful analysis of proposed activities. To the extent the government is serious about transparent, science-based decisions, it is all to the good.

However, the federal government’s announcement injects a large number of subjective criteria into project analysis including such intangibles as the “social” impact of a proposed investment, its gender implications and climate impacts. The announcement repeatedly invokes “science,” as in science-based decision-making, but undermines that intention by calling for evaluation of unmeasurable things. The category of “effects on Indigenous people,” for example, is so ill-defined as to be meaningless in a scientific context, as are gender-based impacts of proposed activities.

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  1. Adrian Nagy
    Adrian Nagy 1 year ago

    Without new pipelines going north, east and west. we are being held captive by the United States as our sole customer
    Our PNG products are being discounted because of this aspect. Our Federal government should demonstrating leadership and guiding our country to true self sufficiency
    – We should be building and expanding refiners in Canada;
    – We should be building and expanding new pipelines in Canada.
    Instead of waiting on the big multinationals to carry this out—(they will not based on the current regulatory approval process) our government should show leadership and start these projects—if the federal government is investing in Bombardier why not new refineries and pipelines it appears that our brothers and sisters in eastern Canada would rather import oil and gas from the Middle East, Venezuela and the United States; than expand our national pipeline system and satisfy our demand from internal sources.

  2. Dashbest 1 year ago

    Good post but I was wanting to know if you could write a little more on this subject?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further.
    Bless you!

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