Federal Natural Resources Joe Oliver, in a speech in Calgary on Wednesday, committed to
reforming and streamlining the federal environmental approvals
process in the coming months.
He expressed a concern that the process was not as
"effective, efficient and expeditious as it could
be." He further referred to the regulatory process
as "unpredictable, often increasingly lengthy and
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Minister Oliver had previously stated that the system was
"broken" and has promised to implement "definitive
timelines from start to finish on the regulatory
Minister Oliver is the latest federal Natural Resources minister
to promise to streamline energy and natural resources approvals
in 2005, Liberal Natural Resources Minister John Efford promised to streamline Canada's
"cumbersome" regulatory approval process, and spoke about
oil and gas projects across Canada caught in the
"quagmire" of regulatory approvals
in 2005, news reports indicated that Prime Minister
Martin had commenced discussions with the United States on speeding
up the regulatory review process for oilsands projects, and
encouraged decision-makers to speed up the regulatory review
process with a one-stop shop for project proposals
in 2006, Conservative Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn talked about the need for a "strong
regulatory framework" in the context of LNG approvals, in
order to eliminate duplication without compromising integrity in
order to provide the security that industry needs
in 2009, Conservative Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt spoke about her plan to cut pipeline red tape
through sweeping legislative changes to make the approvals system
more transparent and efficient, in order that pipelines could be
built quickly enough to enable Canadian energy to get to
in 2010, Conservative Natural Resources Minister Christian
Paradis spoke to a Commons committee about the
increasing complexity of regulatory approvals and environmental
assessments, the need to give certainty to industry and the need to
optimize and streamline the approval process
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