Supreme Court dismisses BC First Nations appeal of Trans Mountain approval

The expanded pipeline will nearly triple the amount of diluted bitumen flowing between Alberta's oilsands and a marine port in Burnaby, B.C.

 

 

The court dismissed the appeal this morning from the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribes and Coldwater Indian Band, effectively ending the years-long legal battle over the project.

The top court decided against reviewing the ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal earlier this year, which found cabinet’s approval of the project in 2018 was reasonable under the law.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney responded to the top courts decision on Thursday saying that it was another important win for the TMX Pipeline. "Earlier this year in a decision dismissing legal challenges, the Fed Court of Appeal noted 120 of 129 (95%) Indigenous groups supported or did not oppose TMX. This confirms a victory for common sense and the rule of law"

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