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Gateway may fuel legal fallout – The Province

by NationTalk on March 12, 2012302 Views

Gateway may fuel legal fallout

First Nations must fully participate in review process, Ottawa told


Senior bureaucrats from multiple federal departments have been warned the review process for a proposed pipeline linking Alberta’s oilsands to B.C.’s northwest coast could be overturned by the courts because of “unreasonable” consultation with aboriginal communities, newly released internal records reveal.

The warnings, delivered by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, noted Ottawa faces “adverse legal consequences” if it fails to offer adequate funding to help First Nations communities fully participate in the review of evidence, material and proposals made by Alberta based Enbridge regarding the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

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