Gov‘t releases Bill 46 amendments after protest at the legislature

he Alberta government is scrambling to salvage a contentious bill aimed at reshaping the rules for public hearings into energy and utility projects _ a major issue for some landowners and utility companies.

Energy Minister Mel Knight announced a long list of amendments Tuesday that he plans to introduce in a few days in the hope of quieting growing protests over Bill 46.

“What I‘ve done in the amendments is address to the best of our ability the major concerns that Albertans have expressed,‘‘ said Knight.

The proposed amendments were announced only minutes after a protest at the legislature by dozens of angry landowners. They fear Bill 46 is designed to stifle them after an embarrassing spying scandal that unfolded during recent hearings into a major power line project.

Joe Anglin, a landowner who was part of a group that was spied on by private detectives hired by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, said the amendments can‘t fix the bill.

“This is a bad bill for not only people like us, this is a bad bill for industry,‘‘ Anglin told the crowd of nearly 100 protesters who rallied in the bitter cold outside the legislature.

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