Speaking with reporters in Ottawa, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announces the federal government will re-initiate consultations with Indigenous groups affected by the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, and that it will not appeal the federal court ruling on the project. Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci has been appointed to oversee the consultation process with 117 Indigenous communities.
In August the Federal Court of Appeal overturned cabinet’s approval of the $7.4-billion project, ruling that the National Energy Board’s approval process was flawed and that the government did not adequately consult with Indigenous groups before approving the expansion. It also ruled the NEB failed to take into account the impact of increased tanker traffic on the Southern resident killer whale population on the Pacific coast. In response to the ruling Ottawa has instructed the NEB to complete a thorough review of the project’s impact on the marine environment. (October 3, 2018)