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B.C. files to be intervener in new National Energy Board hearings on pipeline

VICTORIA- The British Columbia government wants to take part in the National Energy Board’s reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Environment Minister George Heyman says the government has registered as an intervener in the next set of hearings after the Federal Court of Appeal tossed out the board’s first approval of the project.

The court found the board failed to properly consult First Nations on the expansion project and that it didn’t consider the risks of tanker traffic on the marine environment.

Heyman says the government is concerned that the 22-week time frame for the reconsideration isn’t long enough to accommodate a thorough review that allows Indigenous groups to fully participate.

He says the government will advocate for a process that engages with communities and  First Nations to demand answers from the federal government as the new owner of the project.

The federal government announced Wednesday that it won’t appeal the court decision and instead has appointed a former Supreme Court justice to conduct a round of consultations with Indigenous groups.

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