NEB expert panel starting public consultations – in Saskatoon on Jan 25 – for modernization plan
NEB expert panel starting public consultations for modernization plan
By Deborah Jaremko
Jan. 17, 2017, 7:37 a.m.
The National Energy Board (NEB) expert panel on regulatory modernization will start its public consultations in Saskatoon on January 25.
The panel was formed in November to strengthen the NEB’s process, “ensuring it is able to continue to effectively regulate energy in a way that has the confidence of Canadians.”
The five-person panel includes Quebec Business Council on the Environment chair Hélène Lauzon, Des Nedhe Developments president Gary Merasty, New Brunswick Energy Institute president David Besner, former Chief of the Musqueam Wendy Grant-John and former president of the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association Brenda Kenny.
After commencing consultations in Saskatchewan, the panel will then travel to Ontario, B.C, Manitoba, Alberta, Nunavut, New Brunswick and Quebec.
Sessions on both days of two-day sessions in 10 cities will be open to the public, with the second day of each focusing on the needs and interests of Indigenous communities.
The expert panel will submit its report and recommendations to the Minister of Natural Resources by May 15, 2017. The report will be made public, the government says.
For major projects already under review, the government will continue to rely on the NEB to inform key decisions, it says, supported by the interim principles announced in January 2016.