Alberta Institute of Agrologists 13th Annual Conference on Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Morning Plenary Session
March 16, 2017
Pipeline Safety, Transparency, and Engagement (Peter Watson, National Energy Board)
Over the past several years, the work of Canada’s National Energy Board has placed it squarely in the midst of some of the most important public policy debates in the country. From pipeline safety and environmental protection, to contentious pipeline hearings, to the relationship Canada has with Indigenous Peoples - the NEB is in the middle of it all.
In his speech entitled, "The National Energy Board: Pipeline Safety, Transparency, and Engagement," NEB Chair and CEO Peter Watson discusses the role of Canada’s energy regulator in the twenty-first century.
He reflects on how the NEB is focusing more oversight not just on preventing pipeline incidents, but also on fostering the development of an industry Safety Culture. Peter Watson discusses how the inextricable link that Indigenous Peoples have to the land and environment is critical to how the NEB engages with them. And why this relationship requires a commitment from the NEB to engage with Indigenous Peoples early, often, and in an enduring manner.