Alberta Indigenous leaders call for improved consultation after Trans Mountain ruling

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Court quashes Canadian approval of Trans Mountain oil pipeline

The ruling requires the energy board to conduct a new review, including the impact of tanker traffic. The unjustified exclusion of marine shipping from the scope of the Project led to successive, unacceptable deficiencies in the Board's report and recommendations. The appeal challenged the governor-in-council's November 2016 approval of the project on two.

Conservationists called the ruling "a critical win" for the at risk killer whales.

The situation is quite different for pipeline projects that cross vast geographies, said Gratton. The sale will be finalized as early as Friday. They were supported by the province of British Columbia, which acted as an intervener. Houston-based Kinder Morgan earlier halted essential spending on the project and said it would cancel it altogether if the national and provincial governments could not guarantee it. First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish on British Columbia's south coast, argued the federal government did not adequately consult them before the energy board review or the cabinet decision to approve the project.

In a unanimous decision by a panel of three judges, 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.

Mr Morneau said the government needed time to study the ruling but it had the option to take the case to the Supreme Court. Talks to include Canada are now taking place in Washington.

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Alberta's United Conservative opposition leader Jason Kenney has urged Notley to pursue such measures and take a tougher stand with pipeline opponents.

The ruling also exposes the federal government's shortcomings when it comes to meaningful dialogue with Indigenous peoples - despite Trudeau's oft-repeated promises to do better.

Trudeau's Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, said he would speak about the decision on Thursday afternoon.

August 2015: The NEB postpones public hearings after striking from the record economic evidence prepared by a Kinder Morgan consultant who was to begin working for the regulator. But she said Canada won't be able to transition to a lower carbon economy without creating jobs that come "from getting fair value for the resources that we own". "It's going to affect the entire country because of the shortsightedness of certain governments". "It means upholding or commitments with Indigenous peoples and it means responsibly protecting Canada's and Canadians' investment".

"It nearly seems impossible to get a pipeline built, whether it's to the east or west coast", said Yurdiga.

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The news is a massive victory for environmentalists and Indigenous groups that had been fighting the project.

On Ottawa's watch, work was halted on other major pipelines, such as Northern Gateway and Energy East. Trans Mountain was left as the one major conduit that could potentially carry Alberta oil to world markets, rather than the US refineries that are the destinations for every other Canadian pipeline.

She acknowledged no subject Thursday's court docket ruling, she silent believes the mission will most doubtless be built."They're going to prefer to strive against it, in expose to safe it to struggle by", she acknowledged.Right here's a mission that's in Canada's nationwide hobby. The project features four pump stations along its 1,150-kilometre route and a marine dock that connects loading facilities on the east side of Edmonton with ocean tankers in Burnaby, B.C.

"This is a major victory for my community".

In a statement Coldwater Indian Band Chief Lee Spahan said "Thankfully, the court has stepped in where Canada has failed to protect and respect our rights and our water".

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Thursday's ruling puts the government in a hard position, said Stewart Phillip, grand chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. "We need to look at ensuring that environment oversight is absolutely paramount and a cornerstone of any project development across this country".

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