Tsleil-Waututh Nation will pursue judicial review of Kinder Morgan pipeline project

Kinder Morgan Protest November 19, 2016
Protestors march toward downtown Vancouver on Cambie St. against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion Nov. 19, 2016 – PHOTO BY LAUREN BOOTHBY

*Updated version Jan. 17, 2017.


Members of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation met Thursday to determine legal means to oppose the approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, and they will seek judicial review.

TWN’s decision to pursue a legal challenge was confirmed yesterday.

Charlene Aleck, a spokesperson for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative, said the First Nation has the right to be included in the decision-making process.  The federal government did not come through on plans to meet with the group late last year, said Aleck.

“First Nations have rights in our territory,” she said. “We have not been consulted.”

The Kinder Morgan pipeline could face the same fate as the Enbridge Northern Gateway project that was terminated this summer after the Federal court overturned the approval for not adequately consulting the appropriate First Nations groups.

Further details of the legal proceedings are expected to be announced soon.

*This post will be updated as more information is released.


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