Alberta out of climate plan

Canadian court blocks controversial oil pipeline project | TheHill

Bill Morneau, Canada's finance minister, said the government is reviewing the court's decision carefully, but it has not yet decided what its exact response will be.

He said an "essential" element of the plan to reduce carbon emissions was Alberta's commitment to cap emissions from the oilsands.

"There's a reason we're doing this". "Alberta has done everything right and we've been let down". We're not doing it for that reason.

In a ruling issued on Thursday morning, the Federal Court of Appeal said the National Energy Board of Canada (NEB) made a "critical error" in issuing a report the federal government relied on to give the project the green light in 2016.

"The Crown sent note-takers that were sent to agree to disagree", said Scott Smith, lawyer for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

But the court has determined that conclusion is bogus because it did not assess the impacts of marine shipping - increased tanker traffic that would result from the expanded pipeline - on the environment and southern resident killer whales in the waters around the line's shipping terminal.

The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs applauded the ruling, and demanded the pipeline be shutdown immediately.

Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice-President of the UBCIC called the ruling "a major win with impacts that will be felt across the country". "I was initially surprised", he said. "While we want to make sure that the project proceeds, we also want to make sure it moves ahead in the right way".

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It's a sentiment that hits at the quiet divide among First Nations, and largely echoes the split opinions across the rest of the province.

It says the ruling does a disservice to many Indigenous groups who support the project.

It also means a financial hit to the city, with a community benefits agreement in the form of a one-time payment of $750,000 effectively on hold while the project remains in limbo.

The Lower Nicola was negotiating to finalize such an agreement, worth millions.

"We're concerned about the potential consequences of this decision", Suncor Energy Inc. spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said by phone. We're exporting jobs. We're exporting opportunity. He did not respond to an interview request Thursday.

In late May, Canada announced it would spend $3.5bn to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan, in essence nationalising the project.

Consider what this court ruling means for Canada.

Since the NDP came to power last summer, Horgan said B.C. has used the rule of law to argue its position against the pipeline.

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Earlier this year, in an escalating dispute with the B.C. government over Trans Mountain, Notley's government passed sweeping legislation allowing it to intervene in the marketplace and restrict oil flows if necessary to maximize prices while also sending a sharp message to Canadian regions reliant on Alberta's oil. "I wouldn't take anything off the table at this point".

The move is seen as retaliation to today's decision by the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn a previous approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

"The Crown really didn't seem to understand it had to do more than just listen", he said.

Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada, issued the following statement: "We are reviewing the decision with the Government of Canada and are taking the appropriate time to assess next steps".

"It hampers their ability to efficiently forage, find Chinook salmon and consume that salmon which they need to survive and to thrive", Genovali said.

In 2013, Trans Mountain submitted an application to the National Energy Board for the Trans Mountain expansion project, stating that the primary goal of the project is to provide additional capacity to transport crude oil from Alberta to markets in the Pacific Rim, including Asia.

"That whole business around marine traffic is nearly entirely a start over, because they didn't really do it this time around", said Christie, who estimated it might take up to two years. "It's a setback, no doubt, but I don't think anyone is going to be interested in giving up".

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