In an attempt to ‘stimulate’ the economy, the feds may have stirred the pot a little too much. Their removal of environmental assessment on infrastructure projects tied to stimulus has raised some questions. Though removing EA requirements will certainly speed up some projects, it will likely be taken advantage of by companies planning to build otherwise questionable projects.
Not much more to contribute to this idea, but see the article here for more information. The money quote from Environmental Defence: “These changes to the law are like cutting the brake line to make a car go faster.”