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C-NLOPB To Receive Greater Role: Minister

The following text was excerpted from the media outlet cited on February 10, 2018 and is provided to Noia members for information purposes only. Any opinion expressed therein is neither attributable to nor endorsed by Noia.

Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady says new federal legislation introduced this week will ensure a role for the C-NLOPB in the environmental process when it comes to offshore oil and gas development.

Coady says the Board has a long history in the process, but in 2012 its role changed and it was no longer the responsible authority. She says the province has been seeking a greater role for the C-NLOPB in recent years and she’s pleased with that acknowledgement in the latest legislation.

She says the offshore regulator will now have a joint role along with the impact assessment agency on the joint panel for environmental assessment.

She says it’s also very important that timelines are kept as tight as possible, and there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Meanwhile, the Opposition is raising questions about the new federal Environmental Assessment process.

Opposition Natural Resources critic Keith Hutchings says he wonders if the new process will erode the Atlantic Accord and the province’s decision making ability.

He says the C-NLOPB does not appear to have its authority entrenched in the new legislation which is cause for concern, especially as it relates to exploration, which has seen an upswing in the province in recent years.

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