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“Canadian Court Clears The Way For Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion”

“Canada's Federal Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a major expansion to the Trans Mountain Pipeline by ruling against four different challenges from First Nations groups concerned about the environmental impacts of the project.

The Trans Mountain expansion, which would add more than 600 miles to the pipeline and increase its capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000, has been mired in controversy and legal battles since Canada's cabinet first approved the project in 2016.

The First Nations that sued are disappointed by the court's judgement. “This project will harm our communities, our people, and the jobs our people rely upon in the Vancouver area,” Khelsilem, a spokesperson for the Squamish Nation, said in a statement. The Nation said it plans to look into options for appealing the decision and says it's concerned about future pipeline leaks.”

Merrit Kennedy reports for NPR February 5, 2020.


“Court Victory For Disputed Trans Mountain Pipeline Project” (BBC News)

“Opponents To Ramp Up Protests Against Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion in B.C.” (Camadian Press)

“Canadian Court Dismisses Indigenous Challenge to Trans Mountain Pipeline” (Democracy Now!)