Ministerial Panel on TransMountain Expansion concludes pipelines are "controversial"
The federal government released findings from its latest survey into whether or not all stakeholders were adequately consulted during the National Energy Board's (NEB) review of the Trans Mountain Expansion.
The final report from a Ministerial Panel appointed by Canada's Minister of Natural Resources summarized results of 20,000 emails, 35,000 responses to an online questionnaire and feedback from 44 public meets in Alberta and BC. The report concludes that pipelines are a "controversial" topic and people on both sides of the debate feel very passionately about their positions. It was not the mandate of the panel to provide a recommendation on the project or even an assessment of the NEB's performance.
The federal government says this fulfils its promise made under its five interim principles for "fixing" the NEB while longer-term regulatory reforms are underway.
A final decision from the federal Liberals on whether to approve the Trans Mountain Expansion is expected in late December.