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Environmental groups launch legal challenge of pipeline decision

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

A consortium of environmental groups have filed a second legal challenge related to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, which was approved pending 209 conditions last month.

ForestEthics Advocacy, Living Oceans Society and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation filed the suit in federal court in Vancouver on Friday.

Ecojustice lawyers are representing the coalition.

According to a release from the coalition, it wants the court to set aside the approval of the project from the National Energy Board and federal government until what it calls “flaws” in the report are corrected.

Karen Wristen of Living Oceans Society said the challenge is similar to one the groups filed against the Joint Review Panel for the project in January.

“We’re protesting several aspects of the environmental assessment,” Wristen said. “Mostly to do with the failure to have any plan at all to deal with the endangered species.”

The initial case was put on hold until the government made its decision on the proposal, Wristen said, but now the cases will proceed.

The group alleged the initial report from the Joint Review Panel to oversee the Northern Gateway Pipeline was flawed, which lead to a flawed decision.

“The JRP report only tells part of the story. The Panel reached its conclusions without considering all the necessary and available science,” Barry Robinson of Ecojustice in a release.



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