04/02/2013 06:09 EDT | Updated 06/02/2013 05:12 EDT

Gerry Protti To Head Alberta Energy Regulatory Board, Move Criticized


EDMONTON - The Alberta government has chosen an oil industry veteran to head up a new board in charge of monitoring environmental rules.

Gerry Protti has spent his career with numerous oil and gas companies and is the founder of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Protti was selected after a national search for someone to lead the Energy Regulatory Board that is to enforce rules on non-renewable resource development.

He term is for five years.

Protti's appointment is being criticized by the New Democrats.

Party critic Rachel Notley says it sends the wrong message to appoint an oil industry insider to an agency in charge of issuing penalties to oil companies that violate environmental rules.

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