[R-G] Dene Tha' victory: Lawsuit stops MGP hearings through Federal Court
mstainsby at resist.ca
Fri Nov 10 14:37:22 MST 2006
Court puts the brakes on Mackenzie pipeline hearings
Last Updated: Friday, November 10, 2006 | 1:55 PM CT
The Federal Court of Canada has ordered the Joint Review Panel to stop
its hearings into the multibillion-dollar Mackenzie Gas Project.
The court ruled Friday the federal government failed to consult
Alberta's Dene Tha' First Nation about the proposed project.
The review panel had been scheduled to resume hearings in Inuvik next week.
The Dene Tha' First Nation went to court in 2005, saying it hadn't been
properly consulted on the project.
Chief James Ahnassay said the ruling is a relief.
"Well, I am definitely happy with the ruling," he told CBC News Friday.
"We have been ignored."
N.W.T. Premier Joe Handley does not want to see the project delayed any
"It is a major economic driver in terms of the project itself, but more
because of exploration, development, construction, contracting, jobs,"
Handley said. "So it's pretty critical if it didn't go ahead."
The Joint Review Panel has been looking at the environmental and
socio-economic impacts of the proposed project.
The hearings began earlier this year and were expected to wrap up in April.
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