Ottawa has injected a large number of subjective criteria into project analysis.
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The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a gift both to British Columbia and Alberta.
The National Energy Board will assess the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects.
Non-market considerations will play a larger role in determining what the private energy sector can do.
Back when Canadas premiers and then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau debated what to put into what later became the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, property rights were one possibility and on the table.
The National Energy Board (NEB) released its report on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal December 19, finding that plans for building the pipeline are sufficient for its approval. The report states We have concluded that the project would be in the public interest. We find that the project's potential benefits for Canada and Canadians outweigh the potential burdens and risks. The NEB did have a few conditions,209 of them in fact but assuming they are all met by Enbridge, the NEB says the pipeline project is good to go.