‘What Else Is New…?’

“A British Columbia ‘First Nation’ has launched a court challenge to overturn the ‘National Energy Board’s recommendation that the federal cabinet approve the ‘Trans Mountain’ pipeline expansion.

“The Squamish ‘Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 3,600 people}, whose {claimed} ‘traditional territories’ span a large swath of B.C.’s south coast {they claim a long-gone ‘traditional territory’ of 2,600 sq. miles}, filed an application for judicial review on Thursday in Vancouver’s ‘Federal Court of Appeal’. It seeks to quash the NEB’s decision and refer it back for reconsideration.

“The ‘nation’ asserted in the documents that the NEB had an obligation to determine whether the Canadian government discharged its ‘duty to consult’ and, if necessary, ‘accommodate’ {‘grease the palms of’} the Band. 

{Even though the NEB specifically pointed out that wasn’t in their purview. This is simply stalling and should be thrown out of court. Is there a judge brave enough to do the right thing?}

“Ottawa needs to hear loud and clear that they can’t just run roughshod over {race based} ‘aboriginal rights’ and ‘title’. That era has come and gone,”

said Chief Ian Campbell in an interview.

“‘Trans Mountain’, a subsidiary of ‘Kinder Morgan Canada’, wants to triple the capacity of its existing pipeline from oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., to 890,000 barrels a day.

The NEB undertook a two−year review that heard from 35 ‘indigenous’ groups and 400 intervenors before issuing its report and positive recommendation, subject to 157 conditions, in May.

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has delayed its final decision on the $6.8−billion project until December, to allow for {only} additional ‘indigenous’ consultation.

“The Squamish ‘Nation’ said its {claimed, former} ’traditional territory’ covers 6,732 square kilometres, including parts of Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster and all of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and Squamish. These boundaries encompass Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and English Bay.

Squamish ‘Traditional Territory’ claim (B.C. Treaty Commission)
Squamish ‘Traditional Territory’ claim (B.C. Treaty Commission)

“The ‘nation’ said in the court documents that the project would include a substantial expansion of infrastructure and shipping in these areas, including a new pipeline along a new route to a terminal in Burnaby and a seven−fold increase in tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet.
{Yes, it’s called ‘economic progress’ and it’s what has paid for the maintenance of an ‘traditional’ lifestyle, one supplemented by trucks, ATVs, television and computers. Now, it’s time to pay the social bill by participating, instead of obstructing…}

“It said ‘Trans Mountain’ did not consult with the Squamish ‘Nation’ in any way about the location of the project in its {claimed, former} ‘traditional territories’.

“Campbell said the potential for a spill from increased tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet poses a grave risk to his Band’s traditional fishing and marine activities. Not enough research has been done on the behaviour of diluted bitumen spills, he added.

“A spokeswoman for ‘Trans Mountain’, the only named respondent, said the company is currently reviewing the notice of application.

“The NEB confirms in its report that ‘Trans Mountain’ has met the expectations with regards to ‘aboriginal consultation’, and there is sufficient evidence about the fate and behaviour of oil,”

said Ali Hounsell in a statement.

Ultimately, the NEB weighed all the evidence and recommended the federal government approve the expansion.”

“The Squamish ‘Nation’ granted conditional approval to a liquefied natural gas project in Howe Sound in October. The agreement means ‘Woodfibre LNG’ must meet a number of environmental and cultural conditions issued by the ‘First Nation’ {And this is on top of the layers of provincial and federal approval that are needed. Talk about impediments to economic development! Canadians will know where to look as the economy continues to decelerate, the bills come due, and Race Based Law undermines Canada’s future…}.

“The Tsleil−Waututh ‘Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 472 people} in North Vancouver has also mounted a court case arguing the energy board’s process of reviewing ‘Trans Mountain’ was ‘unlawful’…

Photo -- Paul McGrath, North Shore News
Photo — Paul McGrath, North Shore News

“The NEB was unable to comment on Thursday. It has previously said that the evidence was thoroughly tested and the project’s impact on ‘aboriginal interests’ was carefully considered.

“Should the project proceed, ‘Trans Mountain’ would be required to continue its consultation with potentially-affected ‘indigenous’ groups throughout the life of the project {And the cost passed on to everyone else…}.”

–‘Squamish ‘Nation’ files court case against NEB approval of Kinder Morgan expansion’,
Laura Kane, National Observer, June 17th 2016

http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/06/17/news/squamish-nation-files-court-case-against-neb-approval-kinder-morgan-expansion

‘Squamish ‘Nation’ files court case against ‘Trans Mountain’ pipeline expansion’:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/squamish-nation-files-court-case-against-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion-1.2949295

‘Majority of Canadians believe pipelines safest way to transport oil: Nanos survey’:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/majority-of-canadians-believe-pipelines-safest-way-to-transport-oil-nanos-survey-1.2858400 

'Trans Mountain' Pipeline
‘Trans Mountain’ Pipeline

{Unnecessary} Emission rule to add millions to Trans Mountain cost: Kinder Morgan’

“It will cost millions of dollars more to build the Trans Mountain expansion because of an unprecedented requirement to offset greenhouse gas emissions from pipeline construction, the project’s proponent says…”

http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/emission-rule-to-add-millions-to-trans-mountain-cost-kinder-morgan-1.2919103
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See also:
‘Making Up Their Own Rules’ {May 21, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/making-up-their-own-rules/

‘Americans Using Aboriginals Against Canada’ {May 18, 2016}: https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/americans-using-aboriginals-against-canada/

‘Taking The Economy To Court: B.C. Update’ {February 11, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/taking-the-economy-to-court-b-c-update/
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