Tsleil-Waututh Nation Launches Legal Challenge of Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tankers Project

Nation says unlawful conduct of National Energy Board, including one-sided cross-examination process, could derail pipeline review

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. and COAST SALISH TERRITORY; May 2, 2014 – Today, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the “People of the Inlet”, is launching a legal challenge of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project. The Nation says that serious legal errors made by the federal Crown and NEB have led to a flawed and unlawful review process that puts Burrard Inlet and all peoples who live here at risk.

In the News – Kinder Morgan’s letter to potential NEB hearing intervenors called “undemocratic”, even “disgusting”

From the Vancouver Observer, posted Thursday February 27, 2014. Written by Erin Flegg.

Some experts fear the 15-page letter will intimidate people unfamiliar with the process into withdrawing their applications.

In what some call a preemptive strike, Kinder Morgan’s legal counsel sent a letter suggesting that some experts and community members who signed up as intervenors for Trans Mountain pipeline hearings may be considered ineligible.

In the News – First Nations sign up for Kinder Morgan pipeline hearing

From the Globe and Mail, posted Thursday February 13, 2014. Written by Mark Hume.

Band involvement for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion contrasts starkly with their representation during initial construction 61 years ago

More than 40 First Nations – including four from Washington State – have applied to participate in National Energy Board hearings into Kinder Morgan’s proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Threatens Ecology and Economy of Salish Tribes

Tribes on Both Sides of the Border Intervene in Proceeding to Address Tanker Traffic and Oil Spill Risks

SEATTLE, WA and VANCOUVER, BC, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW/ – Opposition to Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain proposed pipeline project ramped up today as Coast Salish peoples on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border vowed to oppose the project as intervenors before Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB).

Salish Coast LIVE Winter Gathering – Feb 21 & 22

A gathering to honour Tsleil-Waututh culture, land & water in the face of a proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

Hosted by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust, the two-day Salish Coast LIVE Winter Gathering brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to learn about the issues and understand the threats to the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Territory and culture.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation says NEB Pipeline Process Deeply Flawed

Nation calls on Federal government to meet its constitutional obligations

NORTH VANCOUVER, and COAST SALISH TERRITORY, BC, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – In response to yesterday’s announcement that Kinder Morgan has filed a formal application with the National Energy Board (NEB), Tsleil-Waututh Nation is denouncing the pipeline review process. The Nation says the NEB review is fundamentally flawed because it is incapable of meeting the Crown’s constitutional obligations to Tsleil-Waututh and other First Nations.

Kwel hoy’: “We Draw the Line” Tsleil-Waututh Nation accepts a gift in solidarity, connecting Nations along the West Coast

North Vancouver, B.C. Coast Salish Territory: September 29, 2013 – Tsleil-Waututh Nation unveils a gift from master carver Jewell James of the Lummi Tribe.   This unique Totem will stand tall in the Tsleil-Waututh community as a permanent symbol of solidarity among Coast Salish Nations opposing destructive fossil fuel projects like Kinder Morgan’s project to twin the already existing pipeline that runs from Alberta’s tar sands to Burnaby’s Westridge Terminal which will increase oil tanker traffic along the West Coast.

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