Trans Mountain on Hold Again
CBJ — The Trans Mountain pipeline continues its bumpy roller coaster ride after the Federal Court of Appeal overturned Ottawa’s approval of the pipeline expansion.
The decision means the National Energy Board will have to redo its review of Kinder Morgan Canada’s project.
In a written decision, the court says the energy board’s review had many omissions and inaccuracies and so the federal government could not rely on it as solid proof one way or another to approve the expansion.
The Federal Court of Appeal also determined the government did not properly engage in thorough discussions with First Nations before giving the green light for the project to move ahead. Now the government must re-engage with Indigenous groups and ensure all issues are covered. If any contentious issues are still applicable, they must be resolved.
The federal government approved Trans Mountain in 2016. However, since that time Kinder Morgan wanted to be out of the project and so the government purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion.