The Drilldown: Energy board to hear Indigenous evidence in Trans Mountain expansion –

by ahnationtalk on November 8, 201842 Views

Nov 8, 2018

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The National Energy Board (NEB) released its schedule yesterday to hear oral traditional evidence from Indigenous groups in the coming weeks as part of its new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The Federal Court of Appeal struck down the federal government’s approval of the project in August, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and the energy board’s failure to review the project’s impacts on the marine environment.

The schedule lists 31 Indigenous groups or individuals from Canada and the U.S. who will be heard in Calgary, Victoria and Nanaimo, B.C. in the weeks of Nov. 19, 26, and Dec. 3, respectively. However, some First Nations groups say because the timeline is rushed, they’re considering filing new charges after the NEB releases its report. The expansion would mean a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic off Metro Vancouver’s coast, raising concerns about the effects on salmon and endangered Southern resident killer whales.

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