Federal Court of Appeal overturns Northern Gateway project approval

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned the approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

The court said the Canadian government failed to consult with aboriginal people before they gave the go-ahead to the controversial pipeline proposal to link Alberta’s oilsands to British Columbia’s north coast.

The court overturned the $7.9 billion dollar project which was being constructed by Enbridge. The written decision was dated June 23rd but released today by JFK Law, which represents a First Nation involved in the appeal.

The pipeline was approved in 2014, but has since then been involved in legal uncertainty since then.

Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and one labour union launched the legal challenge, which was heard by the appeal court in October.

Source: The Canadian Press