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Lengthy court battle ahead for Kinder Morgan, legal expert predicts

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Several hundred people gathered on Burnaby Mountain the day an injunction against an anti-pipeline protest camp was due, Nov 17, 2014.

Federally approved Trans Mountain pipeline faces local opposition and murky jurisdictional issues

CBC News, Oct 30, 2017

Kinder Morgan’s appeal to the National Energy Board after failing to get the permits it needs from the City of Burnaby, B.C., is just the first of what will likely be many legal challenges facing its Trans Mountain pipeline project in the coming months, according to one legal expert. Read the rest of this entry

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Oil-export hopes fade as Trans Mountain pipeline delays mount

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Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate – photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

by Jeff Lewis, Globe and Mail, October 27, 2017

Oil industry hopes for a major new export route to global markets are slipping into the next decade, forcing companies to seek alternatives as production swells in Northern Alberta.

This week, Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. sought special clearance from the National Energy Board to start work on its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in Burnaby, B.C., accusing the city of failing to issue needed permits in a timely fashion. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge spurs raid on environmentalist group Stand’s Vancouver offices to seize assets

Enbridge Stand raid 1by Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, October 17, 2017

The environmental organization Stand reports that bailiffs showed up at its downtown Vancouver office this morning with orders on behalf of Enbridge to seize assets related to a 2014 Federal Court of Appeal judgment that awarded the pipeline giant court costs. Read the rest of this entry

Trans Mountain could face year-long delay as Kinder Morgan pulls request for fish mats

CALGARY — The company behind the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has dropped a request that the National Energy Board allow it to conduct some construction activity on the multi-billion dollar project. Read the rest of this entry

National Energy Board warns of unmet Trans Mountain requirements

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

Supreme Court to issue landmark rulings on Indigenous relationship with energy sector

Bear Wolf Paint 2Top court to rule on consultation process over energy projects

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, July 25, 2017

The Supreme Court will deliver two landmark rulings Wednesday that could lead to fundamental changes for Canada’s energy sector and its relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

At issue is the Crown’s constitutional obligation to consult with Indigenous Peoples before approving the construction of a pipeline or allowing a natural resources project to proceed. The top court is expected to give further details on just how much consultation is required, and who should be doing it. Read the rest of this entry

Squamish Nation files new lawsuit against Kinder Morgan pipeline

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Protests against Kinder Morgan exploratory drilling on Burnaby Mountain, 2014.

Province’s environmental approval challenged

by Brent Richter / North Shore News, May 1, 2017

The Squamish Nation has launched another lawsuit in an effort to stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, this time targeting the provincial government.

The petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court on April 20 asks for a judicial review of the province’s decision to grant the pipeline an environmental certificate, alleging the province failed in its constitutional duty to consult with the First Nation.

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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

National Energy Board doing poor job of enforcing pipeline safety

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Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: lowering pipes into trench.

by APTN National News, January 26, 2016
OTTAWA – There’s fresh fuel for the raging national pipeline debate as a new audit has found the National Energy Board is failing to track pipeline approval conditions or follow up on compliance problems.

The annual report from federal environment commissioner Julie Gelfand says the Calgary-based board isn’t adequately checking to ensure the safe operation of some 73,000 kilometres of existing oil and gas pipelines operated by about 100 companies. Read the rest of this entry