Canada's Federal Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a major expansion to the Trans Mountain Pipeline by ruling against four different challenges from First Nations groups concerned about the environmental impacts of the project.
The Trans Mountain expansion, which would add more than 600 miles to the pipeline and increase its capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000, has been mired in controversy and legal battles since Canada's cabinet first approved the project in 2016. The Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project will twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and expand the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C.
The First Nations that sued are disappointed by the court's judgement. It is reported that The Nation said it plans to look into options for appealing the decision and says it's concerned about future pipeline leaks although the oil and gas industry appears relieved by the decision.
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