Was Kinder Morgan’s pipeline effectively reviewed the government?

  • No. The federal approval process was deeply flawed. Unfortunately the National Energy Board (NEB) refused to consider upstream or downstream carbon emissions before approving this project. The NEB process was rushed and intervenors were denied typical elements of a quasi-judicial process including the ability to cross-examine industry experts or even attend hearings. The flawed process created a broad and unsurprising perception of bias.
  • Green Party leader and federal MP Elizabeth May, who was an intervenor, has said “the abuse of normal rules for procedural fairness was breathtaking.”  More on the problems of the NEB process can be read here and here.