VIDEO: What The Federal Court Ruling Against Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Actually Said, Why & What’s Next

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The recent Trans Mountain court case has groups on both sides fired up and stretching the implications.  This video from BNN Bloomberg calmly explains that Federal Court ruled against the Trans Mountain pipeline on just two grounds:

1: TRANS MOUNTAIN CONSULTATION:

The consultation with a small number of indigenous communities was not sufficiently responded to.  There was not change in plan based on the previous consultation and the court found that that was not enough.  It is worth noting, as we did THIS article from May 2018, that nearly all Native groups are supporting Trans Mountain.

2: CANADIAN FEDERAL CABINET APPROVAL PROCESS:

The Federal Cabinet (NOT the National Energy Board) needed more consideration of environmental concerns of how products (oil & gas) that are piped are extracted and what they will be used for.  That includes tanker traffic’s impact on whales and the environmental impact on climate change from the usage of that energy in cars, plastics…

There is also a discussion about blocking energy from places like Russia and Saudi Arabia because they do not adhere to anything near Canadian environmental standards for oil & gas.

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