Northern Gateway pipeline’s next battle is in the courts

June 18, 2014 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

A long slog is over for the folks at Enbridge. The verdict from the federal cabinet is finally in and it’s a go for the Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Let the next slog begin.

There are already five lawsuits challenging the findings of the joint National Energy Board and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency body that looked into the feasibility of the project.

Two of those cases were launched by environmental groups that allege scientific and legal errors made in the decision.

“If these legal challenges are successful, then they will in effect overturn the entire process and it would have to start again,” said Tzeporah Berman of Forest Ethics Advocacy, a group involved in one of the lawsuits. And, in the meantime, she warns, the Federal Court of Appeal could put a moratorium on the Northern Gateway project, essentially delaying it.

The other three cases were brought by B.C. First Nations that didn’t feel adequately consulted. And they are the ones that worry Ottawa the most.

Read the full article on CBC News here.

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