Environmental Assessment in Alberta
Environmental impact assessment, as practiced in Alberta, includes considerable social impact assessment requirements. The author, while favouring a comprehensive assessment and project approval process, argues that the Minister of the Environment Jacks the legal authority to require project proponents to carry out socio-economic impact assessments. According to the author, the Energy Resources Conservation Board's power to require and consider social impact assessment in the approval process is also doubtful. Legislative clarification is desirable.
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