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Court Dismisses Challenge to Trans Mountain Pipeline

Court Dismisses Challenge to Trans Mountain Pipeline

Created: February 04, 2020 03:05 PM

TORONTO (AP) - Canada's Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed legal objections to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast.

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In a 3-0 decision, the court rejected four challenges from First Nations in British Columbia to federal approval of the project. The challenges centered on whether the federal government had adequately fulfilled its duty to consult with Indigenous peoples.

The decision means construction can continue on the project, though the First Nations have 60 days to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Tanker traffic is projected to balloon from about 60 to more than 400 vessels annually as the pipeline flow increases from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day.

The 1,150-kilometer (715-mile) pipeline runs from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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