A Reconsideration report issued in February 2019 by the Canadian National Energy Board recommends approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, despite detailed input from First Nations and U.S. Coast Salish Tribes on the harms it would cause and threats it would pose to struggling orcas.
Court denies U.S. Coast Guard's request to dismiss the case, filed in April 2017 by Earthjustice, on behalf of the Tulalip Tribes and the Suquamish Tribe, on a technicality, allowing the lawsuit to move forward.
The Board completed a comprehensive environmental assessment of the Project in accordance with its authority under the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). Although marine shipping is not regulated by the Board, as part of its overall public interest determination under the NEB Act, the Board considered the potential environmental and socio-economic effects of Project-related marine shipping. This included the potential effects of accidents or malfunctions.
A proposed tar sands pipeline through Western Canada threatens the Salish Sea—rich, abundant border waters shared by the U.S. and Canada—and the very existence and way of life of Native tribes. This is one pipeline fight you haven’t heard about.