STATEMENT: New environmental assessment rules fail to repair a broken system

Press release - February 8, 2018
Greenpeace Canada has highlighted important gaps in the Trudeau administration’s announcement on environmental assessment rules today,

8 February 2017 (TORONTO/EDMONTON) — Greenpeace Canada has highlighted important gaps in the Trudeau administration’s announcement of proposed changes to environmental assessment rules under Bill C-69.

Keith Stewart, Senior Energy Strategist at Greenpeace Canada, said:

“While the Trudeau government acknowledges that Harper gutted environmental laws, it's not clear that their proposed changes fix the broken system. Key elements, such as how they will assess whether a project is consistent with our climate change commitments, are still to be determined. The waffling on Indigenous rights is particularly worrisome, as projects should be required to earn the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples whose lands and rights are impacted, rather than simply ‘aim’ to do so.”  

Mike Hudema, Climate & Energy Campaigner, said:

“The Kinder Morgan pipeline was greenlit under a process that the federal government has repeatedly said was broken. The B.C. government is looking to answer the questions the old process failed to answer, so if the federal government wants to address B.C.’s valid concerns, then giving Kinder Morgan a proper review would be a good start.”

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Contact:

Jesse Firempong, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Canada, 778-996-6549,