Tsleil-Waututh Nation taking Kinder Morgan, NEB to federal court of appeal

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A local First Nation is bringing Kinder Morgan and the National Energy Board to the federal court of appeal, as it argues it was not appropriately consulted about the proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation hopes to force a restart of the environmental assessment process for that project.

“What we’re trying to bring forward is not to bring harm to anybody in Canada,” says Chief Maureen Thomas. “What we’re trying to do is to bring well-being to our community and everyone else. We’re not here to be a problem for the government.”

Rueben George with the nation is also optimistic about a different approach under Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, hoping there could be some intervention.

“Canada has spoken,” George says of Trudeau’s election win.

“It may be the government that gives permits, but it’s the people that give permission. The people have spoken. We look forward to working with this new government and make sound decisions for the Canadian people.”

On the campaign trail, Trudeau expressed support for the expansion if communities are on board.

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