New Schedule Issued for the Energy East Pipeline Project Review Processes

There have been several recent developments in the approval and review process for TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project. Most significantly, on April 26, 2016, the National Energy Board issued a “preliminary timeline” for the hearing process, which indicates that the NEB’s report on the project will be issued by March 2018.


IESO Stops Accepting Microfit Applications While Version 4.0 is Being Prepared

On April 25, 2016, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) issued a Notice indicating that it will temporarily stop accepting applications to the microFIT program (version 3.3), effective immediately. The stated reason is “to protect the integrity of the microFIT program and consumers.” In that regard, the IESO notes that a number of “irregular and […]


The Duty to Consult: Delegated to the NEB?

Two decisions were released by the Federal Court of Appeal in the latter half of 2015 that came to seemingly opposite conclusions regarding the role of the National Energy Board (NEB) in considering the Crown’s duty to consult First Nations peoples who could be impacted by project development applications before the NEB. Both cases received […]


Former Massey Energy Company CEO Sentenced To One Year in Prison

A Federal District Court Judge in West Virginia has sentenced former Massey Energy Company CEO, Donald Blankenship, to the maximum allowable sentence after his conviction by a jury last fall. The judge ordered Blankenship to serve one year in prison and to pay a fine of $250,000. The case is under appeal. In 2010, there […]


Feds Release Proposed Methodology For Estimating Upstream GHG Emissions in Federal Environmental Assessments

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released its proposed methodology for estimating upstream GHG emissions associated with major oil and gas projects undergoing federal environmental assessments. This follows the federal government’s announcement earlier this year of its intention to update the federal environmental review process for major pipelines (previously discussed here). The methodology will consist […]


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