The controversy surrounding the regulatory process of the Mackenzie gas pipeline continues after Ottawa rejected most of the recommendations in a report on the socio-environmental impact of the massive project.
After half a decade of work, the government-appointed panel issued 176 recommendations, 115 of which were directed at the federal and Northwest Territories government.
Ottawa has accepted 10, accepted the intent of another 77 and refused to accept the balance of the recommendations aimed at government.
Environmentalists were furious.
“Years of research, public hearings, studies and community engagement is being thrown in the wind,” said Sheila Muxlow, the Sierra Club’s director for the Prairies.
“This is an insult to the effort and expertise that went into the joint review panel over the past five years.”