Canada’s natural resource projects will be obliged to abide by new tighter environmental rules that will start coming into force in 2017, reported Reuters. The move will be ahead of an initial schedule originally aiming at the beginning of 2018.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who was elected in November 2015, has promised to strengthen up a range of regulations, which he believed that the previous government had failed in a bid to cut the time needed to approve pipelines and mine. Trudeau seeks to save the time needed to conduct the official paperwork and approvals needed for installing the pipelines and mining the fields, according to Energy Voice.
CNBC added that a specialist panel will consult Canadians on how to improve the environmental assessment rules in order to reach maximum sustainability. The panel will report back to the government by the end of January 2017, this date was also set to be a deadline for another panel to report on the methods needed to change structure, role, and mandate of the National Energy Board regulator.