Prof. Elgie Discusses Environmental Assessment Law Reforms on CBC’s The CurrentProfessor Stewart Elgie was a guest on CBC Radio’s The Current on April 4, 2012, where he discussed proposed reforms to environmental assessment laws in the federal budget.
The new budget will impose time limits on environmental assessments for energy and industrial projects and force reviews to be either federal or provincial but not both. While many in the Resource industry applaud the changes, critics see the new budget as an attack on environmentalists.
“I think the goals the federal government has articulated – avoiding unnecessary duplication, avoiding excess delay – are good goals,” said Prof. Elgie. “The problem is, the solution they’ve proposed goes way beyond what’s needed to fix those problems and will actually result in weakening environmental assessment, which is one of the most important environmental laws in Canada.”
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