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Supreme Court quashes seismic testing in Nunavut, but gives green light to Enbridge Line 9 pipeline

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Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Top court delivers landmark rulings on consultation process with Indigenous Peoples over energy projects

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, July 26, 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada has quashed plans for seismic testing in Nunavut, delivering a major victory to Inuit who argued they were inadequately consulted before the National Energy Board gave oil companies the green light to conduct the disruptive activity. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous protesters ordered to pay oil giant thousands over pipeline legal battle

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Haudenosaunee man Todd Williams has been ordered to pay thousands in legal fees after disrupting work in protest at Enbridge dig sites in Hamilton this year. (Adam Carter/CBC)

Haudenosaunee men spent months protesting at Enbridge dig sites

By Adam Carter, CBC News, May 31, 2017

Todd Williams spent months sparring with Enbridge all over Hamilton, trying to disrupt the company’s pipeline operations. And now it’s costing him.

After a legal battle with the oil giant that centred on the company’s property rights versus Indigenous treaty and hunting rights, Williams and another Haudenosaunee man, Wayne Hill, were ordered by a Superior Court in Hamilton this month to pay Enbridge $25,381.81 in legal fees. The costs award comes after Enbridge won an injunction barring them from maintenance dig sites.  Read the rest of this entry

Wisconsin tribe wants Enbridge pipeline removed from its reservation

enbridge-calgary-officeAssociated Press, January 6, 2017

A Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin is calling for 20 kilometres of pipeline to be removed from its reservation after 64 years of operation, saying they want to protect their land and water from oil spills.

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s tribal council approved a resolution Wednesday refusing to renew easements for 11 parcels of land along a section of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which carries oil and natural gas liquids 1,040 kilometres from Canada to eastern Michigan.

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Northern Gateway will not appeal Federal Appeal Court decision blocking pipeline

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The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project because Ottawa failed to consult adequately with First Nations. (Alex Panetta/Canadian Press)

Court ruled Ottawa had not adequately consulted Indigenous peoples along project’s route

By Chris Hall, John Paul Tasker, CBC News, September 20, 2016

Northern Gateway will not appeal a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision that overturned Ottawa’s approval of the controversial pipeline project.

The court ruled in June that the federal government had not adequately consulted with Indigenous peoples who will be affected by the project, which is backed by the energy company Enbridge, and which would stretch from outside Edmonton to a marine terminal in Kitimat, B.C. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge set to take over most of B.C.’s gas pipelines

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Protest in Comox, BC, against Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, 2012.

Northern Gateway proponent gets 55% of B.C. gas pipelines and LNG stake in merger

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, September 6, 2016

Enbridge, the company behind the controversial Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline project, is set to take over 55 per cent of B.C.’s gas pipelines as well as major gas processing plants.

As part of a merger with Houston-based Spectra announced Tuesday, Enbridge will also take over Spectra’s stake in a major liquified natural gas export proposal.

The Westcoast Connector LNG project proposes piping gas across northern B.C. along a route similar to the one Enbridge Northern Gateway once mapped out to transport crude to oil tankers on B.C.’s North Coast. Read the rest of this entry

Haida strip two hereditary chiefs of titles for supporting Enbridge

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Darin Swanson, head chief of the Yahgulaanaas/Janaas clan at the ceremony where two hereditary chiefs were stripped of their titles. Ernest Swanson, his nephew is to the left holding a staff. Mary Helmer / For PNG

by Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun, August 17, 2016

The extraordinary decision by a Haida clan to strip two of its hereditary chiefs of their titles for secretly supporting the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is being closely watched by First Nations across Canada.

The rebuke, delivered last week in an elaborate ceremony witnessed by more than 500 people, came as the Haida Nation rejected what they say is a growing trend by companies to enlist the support of hereditary chiefs as a way of claiming broad First Nations support. Read the rest of this entry

Ignoring First Nations concerns costs Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline

Enbridge Line 9 toronto protestBut environmentalists warn the battle is not over – with the B.C. pipeline project all but dead now there will be even more industry pressure to approve the Kinder Morgan and Energy East projects

by Adria Vasil, Now Toronto, July 5, 2016

Two down. Two to go. That’s the new rallying cry of pipeline foes after the Federal Court of Appeal overturned approval last week of Enbridge’s 1,177-kilometre Northern Gateway pipeline project through northern BC.

Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and the country’s largest private sector union, Unifor, launched a joint case against the controversial pipeline last fall after the project had been given a conditional green light by the Harper government. One of the conditions of that approval was that Enbridge conduct meaningful consultations with affected First Nations.

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Northern Gateway pipeline approval overturned

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Protest in Comox, BC, against Enbridge pipeline, 2012.

Federal Court of Appeal finds Canada failed to consult with First Nations on pipeline project

By Jason Proctor, CBC News, June 30, 2016

The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned approval of Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway project after finding Ottawa failed to properly consult the First Nations affected by the pipeline.

“We find that Canada offered only a brief, hurried and inadequate opportunity … to exchange and discuss information and to dialogue,” the ruling says.

“It would have taken Canada little time and little organizational effort to engage in meaningful dialogue on these and other subjects of prime importance to Aboriginal peoples. But this did not happen.” Read the rest of this entry

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

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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. Read the rest of this entry

Activists Shut Down Enbridge Line 9 in Canada Again

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Vanessa Gray from Anishinaabek Nation and two unnamed individuals locked to Enbridge Line 9 near Sarnia, Ontario, on Dec 21, 2015.

By Mike Roy, Revolution News, Dec 21, 2015

For the second time in as many weeks activists in Canada have occupied and shut down Line 9 Endbridge’s  300,000 barrel per day oil pipe line. This action effectively shuts down the flow of bitumen oil from the Alberta Tar Sands into into the United States. Read the rest of this entry