Safety and environmental protection are of paramount importance to the National Energy Board. The NEB takes a lifecycle approach to the management of environmental issues throughout all phases of a regulated facility including the planning and application phase, the application assessment and public hearing phase, the construction and post-construction phase, the operations and maintenance phase, and the abandonment phase.
As a part of its environmental oversight, the NEB considers many factors, including:
- physical and meteorological environment
- soil, soil productivity and vegetation
- wetlands, water quality and quantity
- fish, wildlife, and their habitat
- species at risk or species of special status and related habitat
- heritage resources
- traditional land and resource use
- human health, aesthetics and noise
The NEB has Environment, Socio-economic, Lands and Engagement Specialists deployed to teams throughout the organization. These specialists deliver environmental and socio-economic assessments, environmental inspections, audits of environmental management systems, lands administration, and landowner complaint resolution. They may also contribute to the environmental aspects of the NEB's Energy Market Analyses.
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