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January 27, 2014

Five lawsuits filed against Northern Gateway

Environmental groups and First Nations have launched at least five separate lawsuits in Federal Court to challenge the approval of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, due to alleged serious flaws with the joint review panel’s (JRP) final report.

“Geohazards, such as an increase in landslides, could possibly take place during the construction of the pipeline,” said Karen Campbell, staff lawyer with Ecojustice.

“That is one of the main issues because what the joint review panel did is say they would assess the geohazard risk during construction. So, in a sense they will do the environmental assessment while building the pipeline, instead of before construction.”

A coalition of environment groups led by Ecojustice filed an application for a judicial review at the federal court in Vancouver on Jan. 17.

Ecojustice lawyers are representing ForestEthics Advocacy, Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

The Federation of British Columbia Naturalists, known as BC Nature, also filed an application for judicial review in the Federal Court on Jan. 17.

“The JRP’s report has numerous legal flaws, including its conclusion that the project’s adverse effects on caribou were justified and that there were no likely significant adverse environmental effects associated with a large oil spill,” said Chris Tollefson, BC Nature’s lawyer and executive director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria.

Environmental groups and First Nations have launched at least five separate lawsuits in Federal Court to challenge the approval of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, due to alleged serious flaws with the joint review panel’s (JRP) final report.

“Geohazards, such as an increase in landslides, could possibly take place during the construction of the pipeline,” said Karen Campbell, staff lawyer with Ecojustice.

“That is one of the main issues because what the joint review panel did is say they would assess the geohazard risk during construction. So, in a sense they will do the environmental assessment while building the pipeline, instead of before construction.”

A coalition of environment groups led by Ecojustice filed an application for a judicial review at the federal court in Vancouver on Jan. 17.

Ecojustice lawyers are representing ForestEthics Advocacy, Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

The Federation of British Columbia Naturalists, known as BC Nature, also filed an application for judicial review in the Federal Court on Jan. 17.

“The JRP’s report has numerous legal flaws, including its conclusion that the project’s adverse effects on caribou were justified and that there were no likely significant adverse environmental effects associated with a large oil spill,” said Chris Tollefson, BC Nature’s lawyer and executive director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria.

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