Supreme Court rejects B.C. First Nations’ challenge to Trans Mountain pipeline expansion – APTN News

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Supreme Court rejects B.C. First Nations’ challenge to Trans Mountain pipeline expansion – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on July 2, 202077 Views

Jul 02, 2020

Ends long legal battle over duty to consult and approval of $4.5 billion pipeline expansion

Canada’s highest court will not allow a group of First Nations to appeal the federal government’s second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, upholding the Federal Court of Appeal’s unanimous February decision that Ottawa adequately fulfilled its legal duty consult.

Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan welcomed the decision but acknowledged some might be disappointed.

“The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples and understands that consultations on major projects have a critical role to play in building that renewed relationship,” O’Regan said in a statement.

First Nations leaders planned a press conference Thursday afternoon to respond.

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