Fixing the Energy Project Approval Process in Canada: An Early Assessment of Bill C-38 and Other Thoughts

  • Sandy Carpenter Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Calgary, Alberta
Keywords: Energy Law, Petroleum Law


This article examines Bill C-38 and its potential impact on the current energy project assessment process in Canada, and considers whether Bill C-38 is likely to achieve its stated objectives. This article then considers how Bill C-38, as a proxy for the major energy review processes in Canada, addresses Aboriginal, stakeholder, and political issues and whether the Bill is likely to have any significant influence on these issues. On the assumption that Bill C-38 does not fully address these issues, this article
then concludes with a further discussion of these influences and what might be done to address them.