The Globe and Mail reports in its Wednesday, July 10, edition that the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in British Columbia, and others, have filed new legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX).
The Globe's Wendy Stueck writes that Chief Leah George-Wilson said Tuesday at a news conference: "Canada was biased -- the federal government is in a conflict of interest as the owner, regulator and enforcer [of the project]. The federal government's decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible for them to make an unbiased, open-minded decision."
The legal challenges, announced a day after similar challenges were filed on behalf of two B.C. environmental groups, are the latest hurdle for the controversial project.
The first nations involved in the new round of legal actions include several whose court actions resulted in last years' Federal Court of Appeal decision.
This week, a spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Ottawa has "taken the necessary steps to get this right," adding that the government fulfilled its duty to consult by engaging in "meaningful, two-way dialogue."
First Nations insist that did not happen.
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