Northern Gateway needs aboriginal consent: chief – Financial Post

by NationTalk on January 26, 2012655 Views

Northern Gateway needs aboriginal consent: chief

Reuters Jan 26, 2012
By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA — Enbridge Inc’s controversial plan to build a pipeline to the Pacific Coast from oil-rich Alberta requires the consent of aboriginal bands, some of whom staunchly oppose the project, Canada’s top native leader said on Wednesday.

The contention underlines the difficulties facing Enbridge as it tries to push through the $5.5-billion Northern Gateway project, which would cross land belonging to many Indian bands, or first nations, so the oil sands-derived crude could be shipped to Asia and California.

Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said bands had “the right to free, prior and informed consent” over projects affecting their territory.

Read more: http://business.financialpost.com/2012/01/26/northern-gateway-needs-aboriginal-consent-chief/?__lsa=88489bb5

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