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First Nations’ challenges of Northern Gateway pipeline to be heard in court

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge hearing in Vancouver, Jan 24, 2013.

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge hearing in Vancouver, Jan 24, 2013.

by Laura Kane, The Globe and Mail/Canadian Press, Sept 30, 2015

Multiple legal challenges aimed at overturning the federal government’s approval of Enbridge Inc. Northern Gateway pipeline plan will be heard starting Thursday.

The challenges are expected to bring new scrutiny to Ottawa’s environmental approval process and its responsibility to consult with aboriginal groups.

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Canadian aboriginals dig in as pipeline final decision nears

By Scott Haggett and Julie Gordon, Reuters, Dec 23, 2013

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

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

Canada’s push to build its first major conduit for shipping oil to Asia took a step forward last week, but the government’s fractious relations with the country’s aboriginal First Nations still loom as a formidable obstacle to the project. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline approved by Joint Review Panel

The Globe and Mail, Dec. 19 2013

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

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

A federal Joint Review Panel has given its blessing to Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway project, concluding the controversial pipeline is in the public interest, but will be subject to 209 environmental, safety and financial conditions.

The assessment of the panel — which will inform a final federal cabinet decision in about six months — said they were persuaded that the 1,178 kilometre pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. coast will meet an economic need by diversifying Canada’s oil market. Read the rest of this entry