Enbridge, federal government won’t appeal court reversal of pipeline project

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was announced today by Enbridge and the federal government that they will not appeal the court ruling that saw the approval of the Northern Gateway project overturned.

In a story from the CBC, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says they won’t appeal because of one simple reason.

“We’re not appealing the decision, because we understand what the court has said.”

John Carruthers, President, Northern Gateway said in a statement that it is important to keep the process going of involving First Nations.

“We believe that meaningful consultation and collaboration, and not litigation, is the best path forward for everyone involved. We look forward to working with the government and Aboriginal communities in the renewed consultation process. We believe the government has a responsibility to meet their Constitutional legal obligations to meaningfully consult with First Nation and Métis. It also reflects the first priority of Northern Gateway and the 31 Aboriginal Equity Partners to build meaningful relationships with First Nation and Métis communities and ensure their voice is reflected in the design of the project.”

The project was overturned when the court ruled that Enbridge and the government had not involved First Nations who will be affected by the project. The pipeline would have gone from Kitimat, B.C. to just outside of Edmonton.

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