Know­ing the emis­sions im­pact of pipelines is im­por­tant in over­all de­ci­sion: Min­is­ter Carr

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - WEST -

OT­TAWA Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Jim Carr says the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has no in­ten­tion of scal­ing back its push to study all emis­sions im­pacts from new pipe­line pro­pos­als.

Carr is com­ment­ing a week af­ter Trans Canada Corp., said it would sus­pend an ap­pli­ca­tion to build its $15.7 bil­lion En­ergy East pipe­line to re-eval­u­ate its busi­ness case af­ter the Na­tional En­ergy Board laid out a tougher re­view process that will in­clude look­ing at in­di­rect emis­sions re­lated to the pipe­line, from pro­duc­tion to end use.

The min­is­ter says the gov­ern­ment made clear in Jan­uary 2016 that green­house gas emis­sions would be re­viewed as part of an in­terim over­haul of the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment process, pend­ing a full re­view and re­struc­tur­ing. That re­view was com­pleted ear­lier this year and a de­ci­sion on the per­ma­nent process is ex­pected this fall.

Carr says the gov­ern­ment is not bend­ing on in­clud­ing emis­sions as a fac­tor to be con­sid­ered when de­cid­ing if a pro­ject is in the na­tional in­ter­est.

He says the in­terim prin­ci­ples helped in­form the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to give the green light to projects like the Kinder Mor­gan Trans Moun­tain Ex­pan­sion and it’s up to the com­pany, not the gov­ern­ment, to de­cide if the mar­ket forces are there to con­tinue with any par­tic­u­lar pro­ject.

Jim Carr

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