It means natural-gas processing plants which produce less than two tonnes of sulphur emissions per day will no longer face the assessment as of April 28th.

Figures from the Fort St. John based Oil and Gas Commission suggest that accounts for about 99 per cent of the natural gas produced in the province.

Spencer Chandra Herbert is the NDP Environment critic.  “Environmental assessment process is the place for the public to have their say, and to suggest the oil and gas commission, which is dedicated to expanding oil and gas is going to put the environment as their top priority is not how it works.”

As for ski and all-season resorts, they’ll get a pass, beginning next year.

The province says the move will, among other things, reduces duplication, but Anna Johnston of West Coast Environmental Law says, the removal of any aspect of oversight is disturbing.