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Fri Jul 1, 2016, 04:41 PM Jul 2016

Canadian court overturns approval of oil pipeline opposed by indigenous groups [View all]

Source: Reuters

Canadian court overturns approval of oil pipeline opposed by indigenous groups

Reuters in Vancouver
Thursday 30 June 2016 20.55 BST

A Canadian court has overturned the approval of Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline, adding another steep obstacle to a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists and many aboriginal groups.

The federal court of appeal ruled in a 2-to-1 decision released on Thursday that the government had failed in its duty to consult with aboriginal groups on the project and sent the matter back to Justin Trudeau’s cabinet for a “prompt redetermination”.

Canada’s former Conservative government in 2014 approved Northern Gateway, which would carry oil from the Alberta oil sands to a port in northern British Columbia for export. Its construction was subject to more than 200 conditions.

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In its 153-page judgment, the court determined that Canada’s consultation with aboriginal communities, also known as First Nations, was “brief, hurried and inadequate”. It said the government failed to grapple with their concerns and had not shown any intention to correct any errors or omissions in the original regulatory panel review.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/30/canada-court-overturns-oil-pipeline-northern-gateway

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