A pair of pipelines the province could badly use are likely to experience some delays.
Our province is supporting both the Energy East and Northern Gateway pipelines which could see Saskatchewan oil shipped to both the east and west coast.
However, the federal government has decided to include a look at upstream greenhouse gas emissions in the new criteria for all new resource projects.
Immigration and Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison feels it simply adds more hurdles for pipelines the province is hoping to have built heading towards both coasts in the east and west.
Harrison says this is not good news, especially when it comes to Energy East.
The government has extended the project review period for Energy East, but a decision on it is now not expected to be made until mid-2018.
Harrison says it’s hard to think the government would impose something like this on a project that would create thousands of jobs and billions in revenue for the country.
The new assessment rules also stress the requirement for input from indigenous communities.
The government will provide financial assistance to help with this.