Canada: BLG Partners Speak At CELF's 54th Annual Jasper Research Seminar
Last Updated: June 24 2015

On June 19, 2015, BLG partners Kent Howie and Alan Ross spoke at Canadian Energy Law Foundation's ("CELF") 54th Annual Jasper Research Seminar.  CELF is a pre-eminent association focused on legal research and writing respecting emerging areas in Canadian energy law.

Kent and Alan's paper is entitled "Energy Superpower in Waiting: New Pipeline Development in Canada, Social Licence and Recent Federal Energy Reforms".  It addresses restrictions on international market access for Canadian oil and gas, the powerful role of stakeholder groups opposing pipeline projects and the broader issue of social licence.   Kent and Alan provide an in-depth examination of whether a traditional "regulatory licence" is still sufficient for energy project development.  Their presentation further involves an assessment of recent amendments to the National Energy Board Act and Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act on pipeline safety and security, as well as the implications of the social licence phenomenon for business lawyers and in commercial negotiations.

Kent and Alan's paper will be published later this year in the Alberta Law Review.

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