09/08/2016 08:35 EDT | Updated 09/08/2016 08:37 EDT

NEB Reviews Should Be Shut Pending Reforms, Groups Urge Trudeau

Regulator has lost legitimacy over conflict-of-interest allegations, groups say.

MONTREAL -- More than 30 Canadian environmental and activist organizations are asking the prime minister to shut down the National Energy Board review process until reforms are implemented.

The groups have sent a letter to Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr demanding pipeline projects by TransCanada and Kinder Morgan be put on hold until the NEB process is changed.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. (Canadian Press photo)

Patrick DeRochie of Environmental Defence, one of the letter's signatories, says the federal regulator is not legitimate due to conflict-of-interest allegations and because it doesn't adequately consult with First Nations groups.

He says that aside from overhauling the pipeline review process, Trudeau needs to show how Canada can build new pipelines and meet its greenhouse gas emission targets.

A demonstrator is taken away by a police officer after disrupting the National Energy Board public hearing into the proposed $15.7-billion Energy East pipeline project proposed by TransCanada Monday, August 29, 2016 in Montreal. (Photo: The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson)

Trudeau has long criticized the NEB process and has promised to reform it.

He has put in place interim measures to allow the NEB to review the Kinder Morgan and TransCanada pipeline proposals while his government overhauls the way energy projects are approved in Canada.

DeRochie and members of the other environmental groups say the interim measures aren't enough and nothing short of shutting down the entire process will satisfy them.

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