On the afternoon of September 8, 2017, senior bureaucrats at the NEB became aware of TransCanada's request for a 30-day suspension for the review of both Energy East and the Eastern Mainline project.
At the same time, the company announced they had already stopped funding the project August 23 — the same time the Liberals announced that downstream greenhouse gas emissions would be a factor for consideration in the pipeline approval process.
TransCanada said the initial 30-day suspension was to:
“Allow time to conduct a careful review of recent changes announced by the NEB regarding the list of issues and environmental assessment factors of the projects while understanding how these changes will impact the projects cost, schedules and viability.”
In short, the rules were changed on them halfway through the process, putting the viability of their project in jeopardy.
But, that was the whole point. It was politically easier for the Liberals to make the pipeline a financial loser through regulation, rather than just saying “no”.
We filed a Freedom of Information request for their emails in the aftermath. Watch as I show you what was in these unbelievable emails.
I don’t know if the senior NEB bureaucrat was acting on her own or at the behest of the Liberals, but I’ll keep digging until I find out.
Either way, the politicization of a non-partisan government agency should concern us all.