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BC Supreme Court rules in favour of Gitga’at over Northern Gateway consultations

BC Supreme Court rules in favour of Gitga’at over Northern Gateway consultations

The BC Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Gitga’at First Nation, saying the province failed to adequately consult them on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project.

According to a statement by the First Nation, the province had given the National Energy Board sole jurisdiction over the project’s environmental assessment decision.

The ruling means the province will have to conduct its own environmental assessment, which includes First Nations consultation.

Arnold Clifton is the Chief Councillor of the Gitga’at First Nation, and he characterized the original consultation as “bullying.”

The ruling means that, until the province makes a decision on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and issues an Environmental Assessment Certificate, none of the approximately 60 permits, licenses and authorizations necessary for the project to proceed can be issued.

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