C.D. Howe Institute
TORONTO, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The federal government needs to reform
Canada's regulatory review process for energy pipelines, according to a
report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute.
In "Unclogging the Pipes: Pipeline Reviews and Energy Policy," Joseph
Doucet, Interim Dean at the Alberta School of Business, says Canada's
energy pipeline review process needs to become more efficient, making
better use of time and resources to complete reviews, while respecting
the need for public participation and environmental assessments.
Most important, Doucet says, is that "the federal government should
determine what issues should be within the purview of regulators and
what decisions should rest with the federal or provincial parliaments."
Professor Doucet notes that recent cases, including the Mackenzie Valley
pipeline, the Keystone XL, and the Northern Gateway pipeline, highlight
current challenges and the need for an improved regulatory review
First, according to Doucet, an improved regulatory review would avoid
duplication but would set deadlines in regulatory processes at
different departments and agencies, to ensure that the streamlined
processes meet the policy targets they are intended to address, while
facilitating suitable resource development. Second, governments
urgently need to address scope creep in regulatory review analysis and
"While issues such as energy security, greenhouse gas emissions, and
energy efficiency are important to society and relevant to the energy
development and to the national economy, these overarching social and
environmental issues should be dealt with by government decisionmakers,
not as part of the regulatory review process. This would provide
clearer direction for the review process, which could then focus on
project-specific issues," says Professor Doucet.
Among Doucet's recommendations: Ottawa and the provinces should continue
to expand efforts to coordinate regulatory review of major projects and
to eliminate duplication. They should develop overarching processes and
frameworks, such as Alberta's cumulative effects management system,
that provide clear direction on regulatory decisions for major
projects. That would that allow government policy explicitly to address
energy development, imports, and exports, and remove these overarching
national interests from the review process for individual pipelines.
For the report go to: http://www.cdhowe.org/unclogging-the-pipes-pipeline-reviews-and-energy-policy/16688
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For further information:
Joseph Doucet, Interim Dean, Alberta School of Business; or Benjamin Dachis, Senior Policy Analyst, C. D. Howe Institute. 416-865-1904 email: firstname.lastname@example.org