Joint Review Panel Agreement
On 3 August, the Minister of the Environment and the National Energy Board announced amendments to the Joint Review Panel Agreement to comply with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and the Jobs, Growth, and Long-term Prosperity Act. The amended agreement can be found on the public registry. [Filing A44689]
The Panel's mandate is described in the Joint Review Panel Agreement. The Agreement includes the terms of reference for the panel and procedures for conducting the joint review process.
Under the Agreement, the Panel will, among other things:
- conduct an examination of the environmental effects of the proposed project and the significance of those effects;
- consider measures that are technically and economically feasible to mitigate any adverse environmental effects, the need for and the requirements of any follow-up programs with respect to the project;
- consider comments from the public and Aboriginal peoples that are received during the review;
- conduct public hearings to receive relevant information about the project;
- provide various ways in which interested organizations and people including members of the public and Aboriginal groups may participate the hearing process;
- submit to the federal government an environmental assessment report with recommendations about the project; and
- issue its Reasons for Decision on the application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity pursuant to the National Energy Board Act.
For more details, please see the Joint Review Panel Agreement [Filing A24186], including the Terms of Reference, and the backgrounder on the Agreement [Filing A23864].