Harper Plan for Responsible Resource Development Includes Provisions for Monetary Penalties

The Harper Government announced its Plan for Responsible Resource Development on April 17, 2012. For the transmission pipeline industry, the Plan includes provisions of monetary penalties for violations of the National Energy Board Act.

For the first time, authorizing the use of administrative monetary penalties for violations of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and the National Energy Board Act.  These penalties will be designed to address small contraventions quickly so that larger issues do not arise in the future. Further details on the penalties will be available once legislation is introduced.

The proposed penalties could range from $25,000 to a maximum of $100,000 for violations of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, and the National Energy Board Act, while the range of penalties under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act will be established through regulations.