The Globe and Mail reports in its Tuesday, July 9, edition that British Columbia environmental groups have filed a new legal challenge to the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, arguing that cabinet failed to meet its obligations to protect endangered southern resident killer whales when it reapproved the project last month.
The Globe's Wendy Stueck writes that the case filed by Ecojustice, on behalf of two conservation groups, plans to argue that Ottawa did not do enough to address their concerns since the pipeline expansion was blocked by a court ruling a year ago.
"We are asking the Federal Court of Appeal to evaluate: Did cabinet actually do what the court told it to do?" said Margot Venton, the nature program director for Ecojustice, on Monday.
"And we say the National Energy Board and cabinet together did not do what the court told them to do." Raincoast Conservation Foundation senior scientist Paul Paquet said Monday: "The population of southern residents is small and declining. In order to recover, these imperilled killer whales need urgent support, not an increase of physical and acoustical disturbances, oil spills and contaminants associated with more tanker traffic."
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