The Role of EA in Achieving a Sustainable Energy Future in Canada: A Case Study of the Lower Churchill Panel Review
(2013) 25 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 113
20 Pages Posted: 31 May 2012 Last revised: 17 Apr 2013
Date Written: May 1, 2012
Energy projects have featured prominently in environmental assessment (EA) processes in Canada, particularly with respect to panel reviews conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Now, for the first time in decades, there is serious talk in Canada of developing a national energy strategy. In this context, the article considers how the federal EA process could be utilized to support such efforts. The Lower Churchill Hydro Project Review Panel is used as a case study to illustrate how project EAs can support broader energy policy consideration.
Keywords: environmental assessments, energy, EA, CEAA alternatives, net contribution to sustainability
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