Supreme Court will not hear Indigenous arguments against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion – APTN News

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Supreme Court will not hear Indigenous arguments against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on March 5, 2020121 Views

March 5, 2020

The Supreme Court of Canada has decided not to hear five challenges from environment and Indigenous groups from British Columbia on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

It means the multi-billion dollar project has cleared another legal hurdle.

Some had wanted the top court to consider whether the Liberal cabinet violated the Species at Risk Act when it decided to approve the pipeline expansion a second time in June 2019, arguing the project would harm the highly endangered southern resident killer whales.

The Federal Court of Appeal had overturned cabinet’s first approval of the pipeline in 2018, citing insufficient consultation with Indigenous Peoples and a failure to take the impacts on marine animals into account.

After another round of Indigenous consultations and a second look at marine impacts, cabinet gave a second green light, but the same Indigenous communities and environment groups that successfully challenged the approval in 2018, filed new appeals of the approval in 2019.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2020/03/05/supreme-court-will-not-hear-indigenous-arguments-against-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion/

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