Supreme Court dismisses Trans Mountain Pipeline appeal

Supreme Court dismisses Trans Mountain Pipeline appeal

The last remaining legal challenge to the completed construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline has been rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada.The court refused to hear the appeal from a group of First Nations in British Columbia to challenge the federal government's second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline twinning project from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.

According to CBC British Columbia:

"The country's top court dismissed the nations' application for leave to appeal on Thursday. It did not release reasons for its decision, as is custom. The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Ts'elxweyeqw Tribes and Coldwater Indian Band were seeking leave to appeal a February decision by the Federal Court of Appeal that found cabinet's approval of the pipeline project in June 2019 was reasonable under the law. As there is no higher court in Canada, the decision Thursday brings an end to the groups' legal challenge."

The group sought to have the Supreme Court hear their appeal after the Federal Court of Appeal had upheld the second approval in a decision in February.

The Federal Court of Appeal said the government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion a second time was "reasonable" and "will stand" in a unanimous 3-0 decision.

Construction of the taxpayer-owned $12.6 billion pipeline, first brought in to operation in 1953, is already underway in the greater Edmonton area. The twinning of the pipeline will nearly triple the capacity, from 300,000 bpd to 890,000 bpd.