Canada energy regulator could be curbed after pipeline fiasco

By David Ljunggren and Nia Williams
| OTTAWA/CALGARY

Oct 19 Canada’s government may
curb the national energy regulator’s power, including stripping
it of sole oversight for new projects, as part of reforms to a
body under pressure over a botched pipeline hearing, according
to two sources familiar with the matter.Ottawa, responding to what it says is general public
displeasure with how environmental assessments of energy
projects are carried out, is eyeing major reforms and
tentatively plans to push them through in 2018, said one of the
sources.Such changes will irritate industry players who insist the
National Energy Board (NEB) is working well. Critics say the NEB
is too close to the energy industry.The Liberal government has named an expert panel to review
potential changes to the environmental assessment system and
will wait for it to report back early next year before deciding
which approach to take. The panel can …
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