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Activists Secure Temporary Victory, Federal Court To Hear Trans Mountain Pipeline Appeal

Trans Mountain Pipeline

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Delays are coming once more for the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline.

On Wednesday, the Federal Court of Appeal agreed to listen to an appeal by activists standing against the pipeline. The Federal Court of Appeal accepted 6 of the 12 requests to appeal.

Additionally, in a move that they admitted broke with tradition, the court provided reasons for their decisions.

“The Chief Justice of this Court has recognized that in the unique circumstances of this case, this practice might have to be relaxed”, the official decision stated.

The most notable reason cited was the federal Liberal government’s potential lack of proper consultation with Indigenous groups. Furthermore, writing on behalf of the court, Justice David Stratas said that:

“In their evidence, consisting of many thousands of detailed pages, the Indigenous and First Nations applicants point with considerable particularity and detail to issues they say were important to them. They say the Government of Canada ignored these issues in the original process of consultation and ignored them again in the further consultation process.”

The appeals were a response to an expansion project being green-lit earlier this summer. That expansion would see the Trans Mountain Pipeline connect Alberta’s oil sands to British Columbia.

The pipeline has been subject to multiple delays, as activists continue to stand their ground.

“There is a substantial public interest in having the upcoming proceedings decided very quickly one way or the other.”

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