British Columbia Supreme Court rejects wet “sweat” bid to toss LNG pipeline certificate

Vancouver — The British Columbia Supreme Court rejected a bid in February last year to revoke an extension of the natural gas pipeline’s environmental assessment certificate at the heart of a national protest.

The office of Wet’suwet’en, a society governed by several genetic chiefs, has requested the court to send the Coastal GasLink pipeline certificate back to BC’s environmental assessment office for further review.

Partly, their lawyers did not meaningfully address the findings of the 2019 report from a national survey of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls when they approved the extension. Insisted.

They heard evidence that Coastal GasLink’s plans to mitigate the potential socio-economic impact of pipeline projects link the temporary influx of workers into such projects with the spread of gender-based violence. He said he did not address the harm identified by.

Judge Barbara Norrell said from the evaluation report that it was clear that the evaluation office had considered the national investigation report and urged the company to consider how to deal with such harm. ..

In a decision released last week, the assessment firm also asked Coastal GasLink to consider how indigenous peoples are involved in identifying and monitoring the potential social impacts of pipeline projects. I will.

“These comments do not indicate that (the evaluation firm) did not consider or reject the investigation report, but vice versa,” she says.

Last year, the genetic chief’s opposition over a pipeline built on the territory of northwestern British Columbia caused a railroad blockage across Canada by supporters who stalled part of the country’s economy. ..

The chief lawyer argued that Coastal GasLink’s zero-tolerance policy on harassment and possession of firearms, drugs and alcohol focused on labor camps, but the harm outlined by the study was not very limited.

Norell said the chief’s allegations “lead to the conclusion that nothing is rational other than a gender-based impact assessment conducted by the (Environmental Assessment Office).”

But to prove that the decision was unreasonable, the petitioner must do more than claim that a better analysis may have been made, Norell says.

“I would like to emphasize that this decision does not diminish the importance of the research report,” Norell adds.

The Secretary-General of British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office granted Coastal GasLink an extension in October 2019, about five years after the 670-kilometer natural gas pipeline certificate was first issued.

Attorneys at the Wet Sweat Office claimed that the office’s record of the decision to extend the certificate also failed to address what they claimed to be a record of non-compliance by the company.

Norell disagreed, stating that the office assessment report covered both the frequency and nature of non-compliance cases, and that the company has fixed or is in the process of fixing those issues.

The genetic chief of the Wet Sweatshirts office opposed the Coastal GasLink project, and the five elected Wet Sweatshirt Band Councils signed an agreement to approve the ongoing construction.

Brenna Owen

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