A $439 million expansion of the Towerbirch natural gas pipeline and processing network in Northeast BC and Northwest Alberta has been approved by the National Energy Board (NEB) – sort of.

Nova Gas Transmission Ltd., a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), received conditional approval from the NEB October 6. The NEB found the project to be in the public interest and recommends that the Governor in Council approve it.

But for natural resource projects in the Trudeau government era, approval by the NEB or Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is no longer enough.

A second layer of consultation will be required, in addition to the year-long review process that just took place.

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