A court has overturned Ottawa's approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, halting construction on the project and sending the government back to the review phase to examine the impacts of tanker traffic and consult more deeply with First Nations.
The decision is a major stumbling block for the project, said Jan Hasselman of EarthJustice in Seattle, who represented Washington tribes in their opposition to the pipeline expansion before the National Energy Board.
The Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the National Energy Board (NEB) regulator wrongly narrowed its review of the project to exclude related tanker traffic.
"Right from the beginning, we always said water is life". "We're looking forward to moving forward with the conclusion of this process".
Indigenous leaders and other groups demonstrated against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline project in Burnaby, British Columbia, earlier this year.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the project - then in May nationalized it in an attempt to ensure the pipeline expansion would be built, despite extensive controversy on both sides of the border. "Clearly the eloquent words of Prime Minister Trudeau do not reconcile with his actions on the ground", said Phillip.
March 9, 2018: B.C. Supreme Court grants interim injunction aimed at preventing anti-pipeline activists from protesting construction at two terminals in Burnaby.
Kinder Morgan Canada said it is taking measures to suspend construction of the pipeline while it reviews the decision. But the Liberals must hope they can find a way to "de-risk" this project before it becomes part of a highly risky bid for re-election. However, some First Nations were supporters of the project. Its government has welcomed the decision.
"There is still a lot of cloudiness after this ruling about what constitutes adequate consultation", Wright said. Very few responses were provided by Canada's representatives in the consultation meetings ... Canada's domestic emissions are also more than double the global average on a per capita basis.
The court decision cited the Trudeau government's failure to consult with Canada's First Nations.
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But it was the equivalent of putting a bandage on a gaping wound and ultimately, the cabinet signed off on something it should not have, the court ruled.
The court case combined almost two dozen lawsuits calling for the energy board's review of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.'s project to be overturned. The report goes so far as to say that Canada "displayed a closed-mindedness when concerns were expressed about the (NEB's) report and was reluctant to depart from the findings and recommendations of the Board".
"Let's be clear, without Alberta that plan isn't worth the paper it's written on", said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley during Thursday's press conference.
Corrigan pointed to the NEB's decision to "artificially cut off consideration at the inlet" as the critical factor in the decision.
In an emailed statement, Cathy McLeod, Conservative MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, said she was "disappointed" and "profoundly concerned". Women of the Secwepemc First Nation formed the group, building homes that were fossil fuel-free, mobile, and solar-powered. "Things are unpredictable at this stage".
"We see the value in the twinning of the pipeline to support economic stability in our region", says association president Bryce Herman.
January 17, 2018: Kinder Morgan Canada warns the Trans Mountain expansion project could be a year behind schedule.
McGuckin said he was in the mood to celebrate on Thursday but he anticipates his group's work is not done. He said it was a good day for the Tsleil-Waututh and other First Nations who mounted this fight.
He also acknowledged that "this decision will be devastating for many in Alberta". It added that the court decision was not a condition of the sale between Kinder Morgan and the federal government. As a result, the true environmental effects of the project could not be assessed. They were supported by the province of British Columbia, which was an intervener, as was Alberta.