More court action is planned after the courts yesterday dismissed a legal challenge against the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The Tsleil-Wauthuth Nation in North Vancouver had argued the National Energy Board’s review process violated their aboriginal rights and that the Crown breached its duty to consult. The Federal Court of Appeal ruled the First Nation had many opportunities to take part in consultations before and during the review process but declined to take them.
Nation official Rueben George says the hearings were too brief to be considered true consultations and the NEB process is “rotten to the core.” George calls the court decision a “minor, technical victory” for the oil and gas industry. He says the nation hasn’t yet played its main card asserting its rights and title.
The NEB has recommended the government approve the project with 157 conditions, and the federal cabinet is set to make a decision in December.