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Federal environmental review process to get a review

Environmental groups are welcoming a federal government announcement about the future of environmental assessments for projects such as pipelines and new mines.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says a four-person panel has been asked to study how the assessments are done to ensure decisions are based on sound science, avoid duplication and serve and involve the public. The new review promises extensive opportunities for pubic input, engagement with First Nations and consultation with interested organizations.

The new review promises extensive opportunities for public input, engagement with First Nations and consultation with interested organizations.Jessica Clogg with the West Coast Environmental Law Association says the review marks the beginning of a rare opportunity to build a next-generation environmental assessment law for Canada.

Jessica Clogg with the West Coast Environmental Law Association says the review marks the beginning of a rare opportunity to build a next-generation environmental assessment law for Canada.

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