The Northern Gateway pipeline project will not appeal the federal appeals court’s decision to overturn its approval, reports the CBC.
John Carruthers, the president of Northern Gateway, released a statement this week addressing the ruling: “We believe that meaningful consultation and collaboration, and not litigation, is the best path forward for everyone involved.”
Approved, then Blocked
The project to build the pipeline from Bruderheim, Alberta to the deep-water port of Kitimat, BC had been approved by the National Energy Board under the previous federal government.
However, the federal appeals court ruled last June that indigenous peoples had not been adequately consulted about the pipeline’s impacts, one of the NEB’s 209 conditions for approval. The court’s ruling called the consultations that had been held “brief, hurried and inadequate.”
Northern Gateway’s statement continues:
“We look forward to working with the government and Aboriginal communities in the renewed consultation process. We believe the government has a responsibility to meet their Constitutional legal obligations to meaningfully consult with First Nation and Métis. It also reflects the first priority of Northern Gateway and the 31 Aboriginal Equity Partners to build meaningful relationships with First Nation and Métis communities and ensure their voice is reflected in the design of the project.”
Pipeline Project Back with Feds
The project’s future is now back in the hands of the federal government. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr must now decide whether to appeal the court’s decision, or to take further steps to comply with the court’s ruling. If the government allows the court’s decision to stand unchallenged, the project will effectively be dead. The minister has until Thursday to make the decision.
For more information on the announcement, see the story on the CBC website.
For fuller information on the pipeline project’s decision, read the statement from Northern Gateway.