Rachel Notley says moving part of the National Energy Board to Ottawa

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a proposal to move part of the National Energy Board’s operations to Ottawa is “dumb” and she’s opposed to the idea.A federal panel on the modernization of the NEB made the proposal to move to Ottawa the board of directors, a new energy statistical agency, the government co-ordination office, and to shift electricity transmission staff to Ottawa.The panel, however, said that moving all of the NEB, which is focused on pipeline regulations, would prove too disruptive, and that other proposals in the report better address concerns around bias stemming from the office being based along with the oil and gas industry in Calgary.Proposed National Energy Board reforms will be a red-tape nightmareDismantle National Energy Board and replace it with two new agencies for regulation, growth, panel recommendsNotley says she’s seen no evidence that the NEB is biased as some commenters told the panel, and certainly not on the basis of the regulator’s geography.She says it makes sense for the regulator to be in Calgary for a full understanding of the industry they are regulating and that a move of the office makes as much sense as moving the Atlantic Opportunities Marketing Agency to Winnipeg.The report Monday proposed splitting the NEB into a regulatory body and an energy information agency, as well as extending the review time for projects and increasing engagement and consultations with First Nations and others.The Canadian Press read more

Bechtel partners with Planetary Resources for space initiative

first_imgPlanetary Resources (PR) has announced that Bechtel has joined their core group of investors and will be a collaborative partner, helping PR achieve their long-term mission, which is to mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from elements used in rocket to precious metals, through the development of effective robotic explorations techniques  that are cost-effective. PR has multiple contracts to develop miniaturized and responsive technologies with far-reaching applications to space assessment, accessibility and resource recovery.Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of PR, Peter Diamonds said “As we pursue our vision to expand the resource base beyond Earth; we’re extremely excited to announce this partnership with Bechtel. They are a world leader in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) industry. Bechtel has a history of consistently tackling the most challenging projects, beginning with the construction of the Hoover Dam more than 75 years ago.”Riley Bechtel, Bechtel Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said “Planetary resources’ mission is ambitious, but they’ve assembled a world-class team to succeed. Our companies share a common vision to continually innovate and push boundaries, all aimed at contributing to a better quality of life. We look forward to joining the Planetary Resources’ team.”last_img read more