Not­ley says mov­ing NEB would be ‘dumb’

Cape Breton Post - - Business -

ED­MON­TON — Al­berta Premier Rachel Not­ley says a pro­posal to move part of the Na­tional Energy Board’s op­er­a­tions to Ot­tawa is “dumb” and she’s op­posed to the idea.

A fed­eral panel on the mod­ern­iza­tion of the NEB made the pro­posal to move to Ot­tawa the board of directors, a new energy sta­tis­ti­cal agency, the govern­ment co­or­di­na­tion of­fice, and to shift elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion staff to Ot­tawa.

The panel, how­ever, said that mov­ing all of the NEB, which is fo­cused on pipe­line reg­u­la­tions, would prove too dis­rup­tive, and that other pro­pos­als in the re­port better ad­dress con­cerns around bias stem­ming from the of­fice be­ing based along with the oil and gas in­dus­try in Cal­gary.

Not­ley says she’s seen no ev­i­dence that the NEB is bi­ased as some com­menters told the panel, and cer­tainly not on the ba­sis of the reg­u­la­tor’s ge­og­ra­phy.

The re­port Monday pro­posed split­ting the NEB into a reg­u­la­tory body and an energy in­for­ma­tion agency, as well as extending the re­view time for projects and in­creas­ing en­gage­ment and con­sul­ta­tions with First Na­tions and oth­ers.

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