Canadian Court Overturns Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Approval

The Supreme Court of Canada building. By Saffron Blaze (Own work) [Resolution restricted-by-sa (undefined)], via Wikimedia Commons

Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline is delayed once again as Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal overturned the approval of the project that is facing much opposition from environmentalists and aboriginal groups.

The Canadian court released its decision on Thursday, saying that the government did not properly consult with aboriginal groups about the pipeline project. The proposal has now been sent back to Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet for “prompt redetermination.”

The government said in a statement Thursday that it will review the ruling of the project before taking next steps and reaffirmed its promise to build a “nation-to-nation” relationship with the aboriginal groups.

Enbridge is still committed to the $6.1 billion (C$7.9 billion) Northern Gateway pipeline that would run 730 miles (1,177 km) and transport Alberta oil to the Pacific coast for shipment to Asia. The project was first proposed a decade ago and was endorsed by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper back in 2014. It is the only major proposed domestic pipeline to have won federal government approval.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet must tackle the decision on whether or not to renew the pipeline project--a decision that has the potential to either anger the pipeline’s opponents or upset the oil industry in Alberta.