Mayor Gregor Robertson took to social media Thursday morning to celebrate the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.
The court ruled that the National Energy Board did not properly consult with First Nations about the project.
Mayor Gregor Robertson, who has long criticized the project, called the decision a “monumental win for the rights of Indigenous peoples…”
The #TransMountain decision is a monumental win for the rights of Indigenous peoples and all of us who stand with them in firm opposition to a project that would massively increase climate pollution and put our coast at huge risk of oil spills.— Gregor Robertson (@MayorGregor) August 30, 2018
The double-whammy decision against the #KinderMorgan pipeline validates the strong concerns of #Vancouver & many others that Indigenous peoples were not adequately consulted - and marine impacts of oil tankers were ignored - in the federal review & pipeline approval.— Gregor Robertson (@MayorGregor) August 30, 2018
Enormous thanks @tsleilwaututh & @SquamishNation for your spirited leadership and all of the First Nations across Canada who fiercely oppose the #KinderMorgan #TransMountain pipeline - to protect our people, coast and climate.— Gregor Robertson (@MayorGregor) August 30, 2018
Vision Vancouver Coun. Andrea Reimer has also been an ardent critic of the pipeline.
After 5 years of trying to get a fair hearing from 2 federal govs, today feels a bit surreal. We’ve contended from day 1 that without authentic involvement of indigenous communities or proper consideration of marine safety, “no” is the only answer. The federal court has agreed /1— Andrea Reimer ??? (@andreareimer) August 30, 2018
It’s been a long, tough fight. I never thought it was impossible but I have to admit my hope got pretty thin. The hardest part was seeing so many people lose faith in democracy as a result of the way they were treated by federal governments (both Harper’s and Trudeau’s) /2— Andrea Reimer ??? (@andreareimer) August 30, 2018
But each new affront only strengthened solidarity btwn First Nations, ENGOs, local gov, +. That resolve - and big courage from critical people in urgent times - was the key. Grateful, & to know that when democracy fails, the court is still there to protect the public interest /3— Andrea Reimer ??? (@andreareimer) August 30, 2018
Our coastal waters, and all of those that rely on clean healthy oceans matter. This is a huge win, and a great way to start the day in BC. https://t.co/njXrgiy6jw— S Chandra Herbert (@SChandraHerbert) August 30, 2018
This is tremendous news and a huge win coming out of the Fed. Court of Appeals, validating the rights of indigenous peoples, and further reinforcing the fact that @JustinTrudeaus new nation-to-nation relationship is just empty rhetoric. Stop #TransMountainhttps://t.co/k6BqqGdmgS— Jenny Kwan (@JennyKwanBC) August 30, 2018