Is Social Licence a Licence to Stall?

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A part of the TransCanada Corp. Regulatory Frameworks Program.

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Canada's regulators act in the public interest to review energy and infrastructure project applications. Regulators are guided by procedural fairness and follow a transparent application, review and hearing process with data filings and sworn testimony.

But that’s changing.

“Social licence” is a relatively new term which some interests are using to create a different standard for the approval of projects – especially energy projects. According to social licence advocates, projects must meet often ill-defined requirements set up by NGOs, local residents or other interests – a new hurdle for project approval, but without the rigour and rule of law of a regulator.

Is social licence a meaningful addition to the regulatory process, or is it being used as a constantly moving goal-post designed to slow down regulatory processes, delay project implementation, frustrate energy infrastructure expansion and even enrich those advocates who promote it as new model?

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