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New federal rules for environmental review process

New federal rules for environmental review process

The federal Liberals have mapped out criteria for all new resource projects that includes the need for science-based decisions and input from indigenous communities.

Plans now must include upstream greenhouse gas emissions for all new resource projects.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr say decisions will be based on science, climate change implications, and also input from indigenous peoples.

Carr also says they will continue to work with First Nations on consultations.

He adds that the meetings he’s had so far with various stakeholders have been productive.

McKenna points to the former Conservative government as to why people distrust the review process.

The policy will apply to Kinder Morgan’s proposed TransMountain oil pipeline in BC and Enbridge’s Energy East pipeline.

Hearings on Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain twinning project are almost over and the government is extending the deadline for a decision by four months, pushing it to next December.

Enbridge’s Energy East review period has been extended by an extra six months and is now not expected before the middle of 2018.

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