The National Energy Board is in Calgary for the first of many meetings with multiple indigenous groups from across Canada and the United States regarding their concerns about the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Back in August the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline was denied by the Federal Court of Appeal because, they believed the N.E.B’s review was flawed.
The F.C.A. also believed that the federal government failed to engage with First Nations before approving the project and that there was no two-way dialogue.
One of the tribes the N.E.B. met with today was the Louis Bull tribe who are based out of Alberta and they expressed their concerns about possible spills, pollution and the impact it would have on inland water ways.
“…oral traditional evidence from First Nations and other Indigenous communities has been a really important part of the record that the board gathers.”
The N.E.B. says they are committed to hearing their concerns with Chief Environmental Officer Rod Steerman stating “The National Energy board is a court of record, and for many years oral traditional evidence from First Nations and other Indigenous communities has been a really important part of the record that the board gathers.”
The meetings will go on to Victoria next week and then to Nanaimo for the final week.
The meetings will continue until November 22nd and the N.E.B. must submit a report with full indigenous evidence by February 22nd.
- Tanner Strauss
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