Jonathan Drance speaks on Canadian energy projects

October 30, 2019
Jonathan Drance spoke with Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine on how Canadian energy projects have suffered long wait times due to lack of political motivation. The article features findings from a Stikeman Elliott study, authored by Jonathan Drance, Glenn Cameron and Rachel Hutton, which offers an in-depth overview of timelines, completion risks and federal project reviews that affect proposed Canadian energy projects.

The study suggests that those concerned about the oil and gas sector may want to aim their blame back at Ottawa. For pipelines, the average length of a federal environmental review was almost 70 months or just less than six years. Oil sands projects typically took longer, averaging 74 months or more than six years. Liquid natural gas, generation and transmission projects didn’t take as much time to review, but they still took 42, 49 and 38 months, respectively, so between three-and-a-half and more than four years, according to the study.

“We’ve lacked clarity of policy, direction and support at the federal level for the last 25 years, under Liberal and Conservative administrations,” said Jonathan. “The wait time problem is not a partisan issue, it’s structural.”

Learn more about Stikeman Elliott’s energy practice and read the original study here.

To read the full interview, click here.