B.C. hires outside counsel to begin legal challenge of Trans Mountain pipeline project

Friday, 11 August 2017, 03:17:27 PM. B.C.'s Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman spoke in Vancouver this morning on how the government will respond to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
B.C. is looking to join the legal fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Nearly two dozen conservationist groups and some First Nations are challenging the federal government's approval of the project. On Thursday, B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman and Attorney General David Eby said the province would be seeking intervener status on the legal action. That status would allow the province to formally back the challenge, even though it wasn't named in initial filings. Heyman announced the province had hired lawyer Thomas Berger, a former B.C. Supreme Court justice, to provide advice to the government in its next steps. Ecojustice lawyers, on behalf of the Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation, said Ottawa broke the law when it relied on a National Energy Board assessment of the Kinder Morgan project.  The groups argue the board — and thus the Liberal government — didn't properly account for the pipeline's environmental impact before approving the expansion. Envmt Min. George Heyman announces province has hired outside counsel to begin legal challenge of Kinder Morgan expansion pipeline #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/3jEJ3TheLp — @FarrahMerali Several First Nations are also taking action, saying they weren't properly consulted before the federal go-ahead. The groups are asking the courts to overturn the decision.  NDP election promise "Mr. Berger will provide legal advice to government on the options for participation in legal challenges," the...Read more
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