Write Wild: Make pipelines go through a real review process

We’ve seen what a disaster the pipeline review process has become. Now is your chance to change the National Energy Board.
 
A 10-page public application process was introduced in 2012, which left hundreds of people out of the Kinder Morgan review process. The Terms of Reference for the Kinder Morgan review also curbed discussion of climate change and marine spill risk.
 
Now, a new federal expert panel is asking for public comment on modernizing the National Energy Board (NEB) structure, role and mandate. Tell them why the NEB is broken and what to do about it.

WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR PERSONALIZED COMMENTS, PLEASE KEEP THEM RESPECTFUL AND COMPLETE THE FIELDS TO INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME AND CITY OF RESIDENCE


Photo: Climate campaigner Peter McCartney and campaign assistant Chloe Speakman outside Kinder Morgan NEB hearing January 2016 (Aimee MacDonald)

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Here are some points for you to consider when writing your comment:

  • The National Energy Board should not be conducting environmental assessments on pipelines at all. That power should be restored to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the NEB should perform only economic analysis.
  • Full public participation in the project review process must be reinstated rather than subjective exclusions based upon who is “directly affected.” Cross-examination of expert witnesses and the proponent must be allowed.
  • Recommendations on fossil fuel infrastructure must include upstream and downstream carbon emissions.
  • Socio-economic analysis must factor in provincial, national and global efforts to meet the commitments of the Paris Agreement.