Brian Lee CrowleyHearings for the proposed Energy East pipeline started Monday in Saint John

OTTAWA, August 8, 2016 – Macdonald-Laurier Institute Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley is available to offer context and analysis on pipelines, environmental assessment and Canada’s energy future as hearings for the Energy East pipeline begin.

The National Energy Board (NEB), Canada’s regulatory body for approving major infrastructure projects, is currently reviewing the project for safety and environmental impact concerns according to evidence-based, independent criteria.

"The beginning of the NEB's review of Energy East should be an occasion for Canadians to rally behind our internationally respected and well designed regulatory process that has been successful for decades in ensuring the safe and reliable transport of petroleum products to Canadians and foreign markets”, says Crowley.

“The process is designed to be evidence-based and to insulate it from politics, a tradition that has served us well”.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has written extensively about the Energy East pipeline.

In 2014 Crowley authored a column in the Globe and Mail on how the pipeline would offer Canadians access to new international markets.

Senior Fellow Dwight Newman has also weighed in on the project, arguing in the Globe that the right to approve or deny the project rests solely with the federal government – not with the provinces.

Munk Senior Fellows Sean Speer and Ken Coates produced a commentary outlining how a sound federal policy on pipelines would defend the national interest, avoid uncertainty in the regulatory process, and engage Aboriginal peoples.


Brian Lee Crowley is the Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

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