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BC hires native rights lawyer on Kinder Morgan pipeline – North Shore News

by ahnationtalk on August 11, 201762 Views

August 10, 2017

The B.C. NDP is beginning to deploy its legal strategy to slow or stop the construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

Environment Minister George Heyman and Attorney General David Eby announced Thursday morning that the province has hired Thomas Berger, a lawyer and former B.C. Supreme Court justice with expertise in aboriginal rights and title law, to represent the province in legal challenges already launched over the pipeline’s approval.

Specifically, Berger has been tasked with overseeing the province’s response to a lawsuit from the Squamish Nation challenging the environmental certificate the previous Liberal government granted for the project in January.

Under Berger’s guidance, the province will also apply to have intervenor status in another legal challenge to the National Energy Board’s approval currently winding through the federal court. Those hearings are expected later in the fall, although Kinder Morgan has said it plans to begin construction as early as September.

Read More: http://www.nsnews.com/news/b-c-hires-native-rights-lawyer-on-kinder-morgan-pipeline-1.21780086

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