Why NEB’s Gateway Report is vulnerable to legal assault

Enbridge, federal government complicit in flawed Joint Review Panel finding.

By Robyn Allan, 20 Jan 2014, TheTyee.ca

The federal Joint Review Panel report recommending Ottawa approve Northern Gateway has a number of flaws, errors and misrepresentations. The issues are serious enough that several environmental groups and two First Nations have asked the federal court for a judicial review. Ecojustice lawyers representing Forest Ethics Advocacy, Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation seek a court order to prevent the cabinet from relying on the report.

The most disturbing aspect of the report is the false risk message it sends. Much of the bias is the panel’s own doing, but some is because Enbridge can’t be trusted to tell the truth. It looks as if the Canadian government isn’t all that forthcoming either and not simply because Environment Canada quietly released a report in early January — finalized last November — contradicting Enbridge’s claims that diluted bitumen will float in a marine setting…

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