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Court quashes Canadian approval of Trans Mountain oil pipeline

VANCOUVER _ The Federal Court of Appeal has quashed Ottawa's approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Stone is on the same page and says leadership for the Trans Mountain issue needs to come from the federal government, as its creation is in the national interest.

In a written decision, the court said the energy board's review was so flawed that the federal government could not rely on it to approve the pipeline.

It is a standard the federal government has once again failed to meet in its push for a major resource project, the court said.

The Federal Court of Appeal today released its long-anticipated decision on the Kinder Morgan Trans Canada pipeline.

The court combined into one case almost two dozen lawsuits calling for the energy board's review of Kinder Morgan Canada's project to be overturned.

"Going forward, we urge politicians and other project proponents to shift their focus away from projects that lock us into dependence on fossil fuels", Ecojustice lawyer Dyna Tuytel said.

Horgan stopped short of saying the project is dead, but he said his government will now focus on other issues, such as housing and jobs.

The court cited two main failures.

"However, the flaws discussed above thwarted meaningful, two-way dialogue", the judgment said.

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An aerial view of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain marine terminal, in Burnaby.

A Canadian court has overturned Ottawa's approval of a hotly-contested pipeline project - throwing plans to almost triple the flow of Alberta's landlocked bitumen to the west coast into limbo - in a ruling hailed by environmentalists and Indigenous groups. Trans Mountain is now taking measures to suspend construction related activities on the project in a safe and orderly manner.

Joshua Knaak, president of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, agrees.

Christian says the ball is in the federal government's court.

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.

Indigenous leaders across Canada welcomed the court's decision.

Meanwhile B.C. Premier John Horgan told reporters the court case "has always been about First Nations rights" and congratulated the involved Indigenous groups.

The whales, which are also threatened due to toxic contamination levels and low supplies of Chinook salmon, are designated under the Species At Risk Act, which means federal prohibitions exist against anything that would harm them or habitat considered critical to their survival.

Earlier this year, Wilson flew to Kinder Morgan headquarters in Houston, Tex., where she spoke to company shareholders about concerns her band has with the project.

The pipeline has emerged as a pivotal file for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to ensure that exports from Alberta's oil sands are diversified away from the US, which now receives the bulk of Canada's energy exports.

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First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish on British Columbia's south coast, argued that Ottawa did not adequately consult them before the review or the cabinet decision to approve the project.

"We will analyze this decision and respond promptly", he said. "Private industry has very little interest in pursuing pipelines and that's problematic".

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson reiterated his support for the project and said it's too important to give up. The court's decision is as crippling as a sudden-death loss. "Clearly the eloquent words of Prime Minister Trudeau do not reconcile with his actions on the ground", said Phillip.

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. That led to a trade war between B.C. and Alberta, which has championed the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.

The pipeline project faces stiff environmental opposition from British Columbia's provincial government and activists. It said approvals must be based on facts.

"While we want to make sure that the project proceeds, we also want to make sure it moves ahead in the right way".

The board "unjustifiably" excluded consideration of the effects of marine shipping in its review, said Tuytel.

"The project should never have been approved, and we are greatly encouraged that the Federal Court of Appeal has recognised the need for Canada to uphold Indigenous Title and Rights on projects on their territories, and fulfil their commitments to true reconciliation", Chamberlin said in a statement.

Several Indigenous groups and environmentalists applauded the ruling, which emerged from a legal challenge backed by more than a dozen groups, including the city of Vancouver, several First Nations and environmental organisations.

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