Wednesday, November 2, 2011
letter to the National Energy Board (NEB) expressing his concerns about changes to the NEB's Strategic Plan language. He notes a number of significant changes, including the replacement of the NEB's mission statement. Previously, the NEB sought to "promote safety, security, environmental protection and efficient energy infrastructure and markets in the Canadian public interest". The NEB now says that "WE REGULATE PIPELINES, ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE IN THE CANADIAN PUBLIC INTEREST". Coons asks whether this change signifies that safety, security and environmental proteciton are no longer within the NEB's mandate. Coons also notes that the Board has removed the language referring to the "responsible development" of the energy industry. He says that these changes are of particular concern in the context of the ongoing Enbridge Northern Gateway Project application and in the context of growing public concern about the influence of "big oil" interests on government.