Alberta has passed new energy legislation aimed at streamlining the approval process for oil and gas projects. The Responsible Energy Development Act will see project approvals handled by a single new regulator.
In an interview with Canadian Lawyer InHouse magazine, Davis LLP's Michael Styczen explains that while the notion of "one-stop shopping" is appealing to most industry professionals, the legislation has also attracted a fair amount of criticism, especially surrounding the issues of timeframes, appeals, and public interest.
"You wonder if the government tried to do too much – not just (create) a new regulator, but also try to deal with things like standing and getting rid of the idea of public interest and changing rules around appeals," he says.
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