B.C. government failed to properly consult First Nations on Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, court rules

Enbridge No andy everson

No Enbridge, art by Andy Everson, Kwakwaka’wakw.

Gitga’at celebrating ‘huge victory’ after court rules province failed in duty to consult

CBC News Jan 13, 2016

The B.C. Supreme court has ruled that the province “has breached the honour of the Crown by failing to consult” with the Gitga’at and other Coastal First Nations on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

In 2014, the federal government approved the controversial pipeline that would bring Alberta oil to B.C.’s north coast.

It didn’t have to pass a provincial environmental assessment, because of a streamlined process that the B.C. Liberals said in 2010 would reduce “byzantine bureaucratic practices.”

But First Nations opponents of the pipeline argued the province wasn’t living up to its own duty to consult with them, and today, the court found in their favour.

“This is a huge victory that affirms the provincial government’s duty to consult with and accommodate First Nations and to exercise its decision-making power on major projects,” said Arnold Clifton, Chief Councillor of the Gitga’at First Nation, in a statement.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-enbridge-ruling-coastal-first-nations-1.3402536

Advertisements

Posted on January 13, 2016, in Oil & Gas, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on Dolphin.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: