The federal court of appeal has ruled that the government’s review process, which involved looking only at evaluations provided by Kinder Morgan, was flawed.
Indigenous communities were not sufficiently consulted, and the impact of increased tankers in the Pacific waters—including the impact on the southern resident killer whale population—were not duly considered. Construction permits have been suspended.
This halts the Trans Mountain pipeline project, and revokes a number of building permits that have already been issued.
“The unjustified failure to assess the effects of Project-related shipping under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and the resulting flawed conclusion about the environmental effects of the Project was critical to the decision of the Governor in Council,” reads a part of the conclusion in the court’s ruling.
“With such a flawed report before it, the Governor in Council could not legally make the kind of assessment of the Project’s environmental effects and the public interest that the legislation requires.”
It is expected that this decision will be appealed.
Read the court’s full decision online here.
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