Ottawa loses key Trans Mountain court case, but pushes ahead with pipeline

Trans Mountain suspending expansion construction activities

Trans Mountain ruling could delay project for years, experts say

Notley said the province is still committed to its own climate change leadership plan despite the move away from the federal plan.

"We struggle to see a path to getting this pipeline built in the foreseeable future without the federal government taking some very bold action".

"The current state of affairs in Canada right now is such that building a pipeline to tidewater is practically impossible", she said.

Rachel Notley has never condemned or apologized for her past anti-pipeline comments from herself and her MP's, that's leads me to believe Notley really got her wish on the Kinder Morgan ruling, which ultimately killed the project along with thousands of jobs.

It's highly improbable Trudeau's government will be able to get the board review and Indigenous consultations done before the next election in the fall of 2019, said Harrison, who added that it's hard to say how the ruling will affect the Liberal government's chances.

The federal plan requires provinces and territories to put a price on carbon emissions - through a cap and trade system, a carbon tax or some hybrid scheme - of at least $20 per tonne, starting January 1.

The government intends to move forward to get the pipeline expansion built "in the right way", the prime minister said Friday, indicating that the government accepts the Federal Court of Appeal's criticism of the approval process.

She wants the federal government to immediately launch an appeal of the court ruling and is asking for improved consultation with Indigenous groups.

She said the federal government needs to pass emergency legislation making it clear that the National Energy Board does not have to inquire into marine shipping impacts as part of its mandate, and never had to do so in the case of Trans Mountain.

"It was an important milestone today with the shareholder vote", Morneau said at a press conference in Toronto.

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, MP for Edmonton Mill Woods, wasn't available for comment on Thursday and referred media to Morneau.

"Development delayed is development denied".

For example, the Coldwater Indian Band in south-central B.C. raised concerns about the pipeline route passing through an aquifer that is the sole supply of drinking water for its main reserve.

The Squamish Nation welcomed the ruling in favour of Indigenous rights.

Now the issue will no longer be top of mind for British Columbians, Horgan added. "I'm going to continue to focus on those".

The court combined into one case almost two dozen lawsuits filed by First Nations, environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby calling for the energy board's review to be overturned.

The ruling, written by Justice Eleanor Dawson, suggested new consultations with First Nations could result in a delay.

"Meaningful consultation is not intended simply to allow indigenous peoples "to blow off steam", the decision said".

Construction was scheduled to start this fall with surveying in Alberta and B.C. Now that timeline, and plans to put pipe in the ground in early 2019, has been called into question.

Kinder Morgan had won several court victories, including one last week when the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application from the City of Burnaby to overturn a lower court decision.

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