Halt on Canada's oil project seen as win for First Nation people

Halt on Canada's oil project seen as win for First Nation people

Halt on Canada's oil project seen as win for First Nation people

The Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce says it's extremely disappointed today following news the Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs president and Gigantic Chief Stewart Phillip called it "one in a prolonged line" of choices recognizing Indigenous title and rights.Even with the contemporary inform and persevered opposition, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who negotiated Ottawa's $four.5-billion deal to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion mission from Kinder Morgan Inc.in Could per chance, acknowledged the federal authorities remains dedicated to building the pipeline."Right here's a mission that's in Canada's nationwide hobby".

In a written decision, the court said the energy board's review was so flawed that the federal government could not rely on it to approve the pipeline. It also means the government will have to redo part of its consultation with Indigenous groups. The case is a combination of almost two dozen cases against the crude oil pipeline, according to the Globe and Mail. The Trans Mountain expansion would cause tanker traffic to balloon from about 60 to more than 400 vessels annually as the pipeline flow increases from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day.

Separately, Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders voted on Thursday to approve the pipeline's sale to Ottawa.

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.

The Squamish Nation cheered the ruling as a recognition of Indigenous rights. The Westridge Marine Terminal is built and commissioned in Burnaby, B.C.

"This is a great victory for Indigenous communities everywhere fighting against destructive projects being imposed upon their territories", said Patrick McCully, climate and energy program director at Rainforest Action Network, after the ruling.

The judicial ruling is seen as a major victory for First Nations and environmentalist groups, as well as the BC NDP provincial government and the municipal governments of Burnaby and Vancouver, which have been charged by pipeline supporters as obstructionists.

Specifically, the court said it was an "unjustifiable failure" that the National Energy Board did not consider the environmental impacts of the increased tanker traffic.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hailed the expansion as a key to reducing Canada's reliance on US oil and boosting exports to Asia, and said it would create up to 15,000 jobs.

The federal court said that during the NEB permit process, Canada acted in "good faith" when consulting but later fell "well short of the mark" in properly consulting First Nations during the third and final stage.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier on Twitter that he had spoken with Notley and assured her his government would continue to back the project. "Thankfully, the court has stepped in where Canada has failed to protect and respect our rights and our water".

Ecojustice, the Living Oceans Society and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation called the ruling a "critical win" for the climate and coastal ecosystems.

"We believe the regulatory goat rodeo regarding this project (and others) has led to a significant reduction in investment in Canada and outright divestitures by foreign corporations".

With as few as 75 southern resident orcas left, the population will be unsustainable if the project proceeds, said Paul Paquet, senior scientist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

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"I hear a lot of rhetoric from the federal minister about the importance of the project", says Bobocel.

Mr Morneau said the government needed time to study the ruling but it had the option to take the case to the Supreme Court.

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