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Line 9 assessment process is undemocratic: Editorial | August 18 2013
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Line 9 assessment process is undemocratic: Editorial

As the federal government considers a proposal to reverse the flow of Line 9, an oil pipeline that crosses the GTA, why are Canadians unable to weigh in?


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Concerned citizens who wanted to weigh in on the National Energy Board's review of Enbridge's proposal to increase and reverse the flow of Line 9, an oil pipeline that crosses the GTA, had to apply via a nine-page form that resembled something out of Kafka.

In the critical negotiation between Canada’s short-term economic interests and the preservation of our natural bounty, democracy dictates that citizens get a say. So why, as the National Energy Board considers a proposal to increase and reverse the flow of Enbridge’s Line 9, an oil pipeline that crosses the GTA, are concerned Canadians finding themselves unable to weigh in?

In April, the NEB announced that anyone wishing to speak at its public hearing on Line 9, or even write a letter on the subject, had to apply to do so, within a two-week period, by filling out a prolix nine-page form that resembled something out of Kafka. Those who became aware of the new rules early enough, and could spare the hours to complete the form, were asked to parse paragraphs like this: “Before you continue with this form, refer to the Board’s Guidance Document on Section 55.2 and Participation in a Facilities Hearing attached to the Hearing Order OH-002-2013 as Appendix VI . . . ” And even if you managed to wade through the form, the board might still reject your application.....

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http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editor ... democratic_editorial.html
Toronto Star




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