Federal Court of Appeal quashes Trans Mountain pipeline, citing environmental, Indigenous concerns

Federal Court of Appeal quashes Trans Mountain pipeline, citing environmental, Indigenous concerns

Federal Court of Appeal quashes Trans Mountain pipeline, citing environmental, Indigenous concerns

Thus, the court is ordering cabinet to direct the NEB to reconsider its approval of the project and remedy some of the concerns raised by the court before cabinet can give the final go-ahead for construction.

The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed Ottawa's approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. "Alberta has done everything right and we've been let down". "We're looking forward to moving forward with the conclusion of this process". The parties agree to "immediately employ every tool available" to stop the project. "It signals that governments, corporations, and funders must all respect Indigenous Peoples' right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent".

November 29, 2016: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sanctions the Trans Mountain expansion, part of a sweeping announcement that also saw approval of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline replacement but the end of its Northern Gateway project.

That call was echoed by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC). The company's shareholders voted on Thursday morning to approve the $3.5 billion ($4.5 billion in Canadian currency) sale to the Canadian government in the spring. "This verdict is one in a long line of recent Canadian court decisions that carve out the new legal space around Indigenous Title and the Rights that derive from them, for which we've been fighting relentlessly- and winning- for decades".

"Mr. Trudeau and his government inherited a system that was flawed and consultation was inadequate", said Quintal. There was no "meaningful two-way dialogue". Very few responses were provided by Canada's representatives in the consultation meetings ...

Speaking with reporters ahead of the Saskatchewan Party's annual golf tournament at The Willows in Saskatoon, Moe took time to voice his concerns and urge the government to get the pipeline done quickly.

The court combined into one case almost two dozen lawsuits filed by First Nations, environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby calling for the energy board's review to be overturned. It would also increase the number of tankers in Burrard Inlet sevenfold.

It also concluded that the National Energy Board - the country's energy regulator - unjustifiably excluded "marine shipping from the scope of the Project".

May 17, 2016: Ottawa appoints a three-member panel to conduct an environmental review of the Trans Mountain expansion project. "We can't stand for it", she said.

"We were certainly complaining bitterly about that", he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier on Twitter that he had spoken with Notley and assured her that his government would continue to back the project.

Trudeau's government introduced a federal carbon tax earlier this year to curb greenhouse gas emissions, set to rise steadily from Can$10 ($7.50) per tonne this year to Can$50 per tonne in 2022. "Things are unpredictable at this stage".

Some Indigenous leaders in Wood Buffalo said they were not surprised when they heard the news, although they are still interested in purchasing a stake in the project.

McGuckin said he was in the mood to celebrate on Thursday but he anticipates his group's work is not done.

Describing the decision as a "massive victory", Greenpeace Canada noted that the ruling offers the federal government a second chance of sorts.

There are now even more formidable obstacles to overcome before additional Alberta oil flows into tankers in Vancouver's harbour.

"The government was really shamed today, the project is the wrong project, the process was flawed, this is a government that talks about reconciliation, but clearly doesn't know what it means", says Wilhelmson.

The decision is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada either way, Hoberg predicted, and another 18 months to two years will pass before it's settled.

Environmentalists, especially in B.C. have also opposed the construction of the project. They were supported by the province of British Columbia, which acted as an intervener. "It has always been obvious that the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project violates Indigenous sovereignty and would cause irreparable harm to our environment and the health of people; while threatening the extinction of the Southern Resident orca".

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