The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned the government’s approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
It found that Ottawa did not properly consult affected First Nations, and only offered a “brief, hurried and inadequate opportunity” for discussion. The project to build a twin pipeline from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia, was given the green light by the federal government in June 2014.
“”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,” the ruling says.
It was dependent on 209 conditions laid out by a National Energy Board joint review panel. Included was the requirement Enbridge consult with Aboriginal people after their report was published, but the Court of Appeal says some important topics were ignored. The legal challenge was launched by eight First Nations, four environmental groups and one labour union.
The ruling was handed down last week, and made public today.