Local political, Indigenous leaders react to Trans Mountain ruling

Local political, Indigenous leaders react to Trans Mountain ruling

The 1,150-kilometer (715-mile) pipeline was to move 890,000 barrels of oil a day from landlocked Alberta province to the Pacific coast for export overseas, replacing a smaller crumbling conduit built in 1953. The court said the National Energy Board's review of the proposal was so flawed that the federal government could not rely on it as a basis for its decision to approve the expansion.

Trudeau took a political gamble when his government approved the project in 2016 after an environmental review, saying it was in the "national interest" as it would help ease Canada's reliance on the United States market, and get a better price for its crude oil.

The ruling requires the energy board to conduct a new review including the impacts of tanker traffic and means the government will have to redo part of its consultation with Indigenous groups.

Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance Christianne Wilhelmson says the Trudeau Liberals have been shamed.

On Thursday, Morneau said his government inherited a flawed environmental review process from the Harper government and "made efforts to improve it".

A Canadian court has overturned Ottawa's approval of a hotly-contested pipeline project - throwing plans to almost triple the flow of Alberta's landlocked bitumen to the west coast into limbo - in a ruling hailed by environmentalists and Indigenous groups.

"Our coast was not considered by the National Energy Board and I feel that those citizens have been vindicated today", said Horgan. "There's nothing walk along with being a shareholder - it's right a subject of 'at what tag?'" he acknowledged.The court docket decision is anticipated to cause further delays to the mission and drive up its closing impress, previously estimated at $7.four billion.

The fatal flaw, the court said, was that it excluded the project's impact on marine shipping.

"Four or five hundred tanker crossings a year will not happen, the risk of a diluted bitumen spill will not increase, it's significant to the orcas, it does not solve all the other problems", says Wilhelmson. It also ruled that the federal government had not fulfilled its duty to meaningfully consult with affected Indigenous groups.

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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.

The appeal challenged the governor-in-council's November 2016 approval of the project on two.

"Canada is buying Kinder Morgan's assets for a dirty fossil fuel expansion that just got quashed and is left the owner of an antiquated pipeline in need of repairs", said UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. "It is time for Prime Minister Trudeau to do the right thing", the band said in a statement.

"We would encourage the federal government to launch an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada at the first opportunity", he said.

"As we move ahead with the project and the purchase, our government remains committed to ensuring the project proceeds in a manner that protects the public interest".

Today's appeals court decision will be a blow to Mr Trudeau who has portrayed himself as a friend to First Nation people and tried to build national support for a carbon emissions reduction plan, even while backing Trans Mountain to support the oil industry. He said the Trans Mountain decision was the 264th, and was a "replay" of the ruling that killed Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline two years ago. "We can't stand for it". The Squamish Nation called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to abandon the proposed expansion.

Kinder Morgan had already won several court victories, including one last week when the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application from the City of Burnaby to overturn a lower court decision.

The Trudeau government, he said, "abandoned its promise of reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous Peoples when it forced this risky project on numerous individual, rights-holding First Nations in 2016".

October 26, 2017: Kinder Morgan Canada asks NEB to allow work to begin despite a failure to obtain municipal permits from the City of Burnaby.

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