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No added First Nation consultation process planned for Energy East pipeline beyond NEB hearings – APTN

by ahnationtalk on November 24, 2015499 Views

November 24, 2015

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline project won’t undergo an additional approval process to deal specifically with the Crown’s duty to consult with First Nations, according to Natural Resources Canada.

The National Energy Board (NEB) will remain as the sole regulatory body that will review the project which aims to transport Alberta and Saskatchewan oil 4,600 kilometres across the country to Saint John, N.B., the department said in a statement Monday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent mandate letters to his cabinet signalling Ottawa would be prioritizing the relationship between the Crown and First Nations along with his commitment to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples led to speculation the Liberal government would be creating a process specifically designed to deal with consultation on large energy and resource projects.

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