Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta's NDP government stands opposed to any attempt to move the National Energy Board out of Calgary.
A report from a federally-appointed review panel released Monday called for the NEB to be split into two agencies, the Canadian Energy Transmission Commission (CETC) and the Canadian Energy Information Agency (CEIA).
It recommended that the CEIA be located in Ottawa, suggesting that the NEB's location in Calgary — the heart of Canada's oilpatch — had led to a perception the regulatory body was too cozy with the oil industry.
In a news conference at the legislature Tuesday, Notley said her government supports a strengthened regulatory process but can't fathom moving the agency.
"Let me just say that moving the NEB to eastern Canada is dumb," said Notley.
"We are absolutely opposed to that and it shouldn't happen."
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean also sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the federal Liberal government not to move the NEB.
“A decision to have the head of Canada’s pipeline review process anywhere but in Alberta would send a strong signal from the Trudeau government that they do not understand the importance of our province as it relates to energy infrastructure,” he said in a news release.