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The Berger Inquiry: An Impact Assessment Process

D. J. Gamble
Science
New Series, Vol. 199, No. 4332 (Mar. 3, 1978), pp. 946-952
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1745867
Page Count: 7
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The Berger Inquiry: An Impact Assessment Process
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Abstract

The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, conducted by the Honorable Mr. Justice T. R. Berger, undertook to explore thoroughly the issues surrounding the building of a northern pipeline. In doing so, the Inquiry provided a forum for the interplay of the technical and environmental issues with very personalized social and cultural concerns. As a process, it reached out beyond the direct participants: it became one in which all Canadians, north and south, participated. It touched some of Canada's deepest concerns-concerns about energy policy, resource allocation, the price and priority of industrial development, cultural sovereignty, and self-definition. These have become national concerns, not just regional. And so, no matter what the final decision is about the pipeline, the Inquiry will have a profound and lasting national influence.

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