Five things to know about today's Trans Mountain pipeline court ruling

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

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

Andrew Weaver, Leader, B.C. Green Party joins BNN Bloomberg's Catherine Murray for his thoughts on the Federal Court of Appeal's decision to nullify the Trans Mountain expansion approval. "We know this pipeline, which is in the national interest, needs to get built".

August 30, 2018: The Federal Court of Appeal overturns the Trudeau government's approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notley called on the Trudeau government to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court; properly consult with Indigenous peoples; and, recall Parliament.

No topic has captured the attention of Tyee readers more than the Kinder Morgan pipeline project - so much so that seven of the 10 most read articles this year were on the Trans Mountain expansion.

Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. president Ian Anderson said in a statement Thursday the company was taking steps to suspend construction activities on the expansion.

The court said the NEB - an independent regulatory body that oversees permits for oil and gas projects - did not take into account an increase in tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia as a result of the pipeline's expansion.

Further, the government failed in its legal duty to consult with Indigenous peoples. "Lets stop changing the rules around first nations consulting, and environmental impact".

The project and Kinder Morgan had won a long string of court cases related to the project, but this ruling covered a wide range of lawsuits.

Notley says she spoke Prime Minister Trudeau following the Federal Court of Appeal's ruling and demanded that the federal government immediately launch an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Rainforest Action Network cheered the court's decision, saying, "This is a great victory for Indigenous communities everywhere fighting against destructive projects being imposed upon their territories". First, the court found Canada had inadequate consultation with First Nations at the final stage, concluding Ottawa "failed to engage dialogue meaningfully and grapple with the real concerns of the Indigenous applicants so as to explore possible accommodation of those concerns".

"This is a sad day for Canada, but its a day Canadians need to start to work together", said Barnes.

There were smiles and laughter at a news conference held by the Squamish Nation, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the Coldwater Indian Band and others Thursday morning, hours after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the government's approval of the project.

"We're concerned about the potential consequences of this decision", Suncor Energy Inc. spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said by phone.

"While we want to make sure the project proceeds, we want to make sure it proceeds in the right way", Morneau said.

The Squamish Nation cheered the ruling as a recognition of Indigenous rights. They were supported by the province of British Columbia, which acted as an intervener.

"The unjustified exclusion of marine shipping from the scope of the project led to successive, unacceptable deficiencies in the board's report and recommendations", Dawson wrote, noting that the Governor in Council "could not rely on the board's report and recommendations when assessing the project's environmental effects and the overall public interest".

August 23, 2018: The Supreme Court dismisses an appeal by the City of Burnaby to reconsider a lower court decision that denied the port city leave to appeal the ruling by the National Energy Board.

For several years, they have been leading a growing protest movement against the pipeline, which they say threatens the water and land their communities depend on.

The North Shore Business Improvement Association took a slightly different tack, releasing a statement with a more positive take on the court's decision.

In late May, Canada announced it would spend $3.5bn to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan, in essence nationalising the project. The federal government also committed to invest an additional $7.4 billion to twin the pipeline to ship oil products from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C.

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