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Comments on the impact assessment act and the canadian energy regulator act proposed in bill C-69

COMMENTS ON THE IMPACT ASSESSMENT ACT AND THE CANADIAN ENERGY REGULATOR ACT PROPOSED IN BILL C-69

Équiterre Submission to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

6 April 2018

INTRODUCTION

Équiterre appreciates the opportunity to provide this submission to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development for its upcoming study on Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. The present submission presents our comments on select provisions of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) and Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CERA) and focuses primarily on how the provisions affect the assessment and regulation of energy pipelines. It is our sincere hope that the Committee’s review of the proposed Acts will help ensure that the Acts better accomplish their intended goals, in particular “to create a federal process for impact assessment and the prevention of significant adverse environmental impacts” (s. 1, IAA) and to establish an energy regulatory body that is responsible for ensuring that pipeline and other projects within Parliament’s jurisdiction “are constructed, operated and abandoned in a safe and secure manner that protects people, property and the environment” (Preamble, CERA).

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Equiterre: brief on bill C69213.86 Ko