News Alert: Northern Gateway pipeline approval stymied after court quashes approval
The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned the government's approval of a controversial pipeline proposal that would link Alberta's oil sands to British Columbia's north coast.
In a written decision, the court says Canada fell short in its duty to consult with aboriginal people before giving the green light to Enbridge's $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project.
The pipeline proposal received federal approval in 2014 but has been mired in legal uncertainty ever since.
Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and one labour union launched the legal challenge.
The judgment is dated June 23 and has not been posted on the court's website, but it was released today by JFK Law Corp., which represents a First Nation involved in the appeal.