2017 Harvest

2017 Harvest

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Federal Court of Appeal overturns Northern Gateway approval

The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the decision by the Federal Cabinet to approve the Northern Gateway pipeline project on the basis that Canada failed to consult adequately with First Nations on the pipeline route.  With changes to the National Energy Board Act made by the previous government, pipeline projects like the Northern Gateway project are subject only to a review by the National Energy Board.  The NEB then makes a recommendation to the Federal Cabinet, which has the ultimate say in whether a project is approved.

The appeal court ruled that Canada failed in its approach to consultation with First Nations on the project, noting that the government carried out consultations in a "brief, hurried and inadequate" way.

Read the decision at: Federal Court of Appeal.