The Library of Parliament recently released a research publication entitled Pipelines: Government Decision-Making
"Recent proposals by Canadian companies to build the Keystone XL
Pipeline from Alberta to Texas, and the Northern Gateway Pipeline from
Alberta to the British Columbia coast, have received a great deal of
public attention. While certain individuals and groups have mounted a
vigorous opposition to one or both pipeline projects, the Canadian
government has publicly stated its support for both."
"Ultimately, the decision whether to allow one or both of these
projects to be carried out should strike an appropriate balance between
economic, environmental and social interests raised in the course of the
proposals’ regulatory review.
In the spring of 2012, the government introduced changes to the
Canadian regulatory review process in order to streamline and expedite
the regulatory review of future pipeline proposals as well as those
currently underway. This paper summarizes the new Canadian regulatory review process for
pipelines, as well as the existing process in the United States, and
discusses how these processes apply specifically to the Keystone
XL Pipeline and the Northern Gateway Pipeline proposals."
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