Opponents of the Northern Gateway Pipeline are hoping they can still use four-year-old documents in an upcoming court battle to kill the controversial project.
Chief Ellis Ross with the Haisla Nation says Environment Canada emails from as far back as the summer of 2009 express concerns about the consultation process being seriously flawed.
“We could have used this to confirm what we’ve been saying for the last four years that Canada’s process is nowhere near what the courts have been saying should be in place.”
He suspects the release of the documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, was deliberately delayed until the multi-billion dollar project had already been approved.
“We did miss the deadline for submissions and affadavits regarding it. Four years! We could have used it in the Joint Review Panel itself and now if it’s too late to use it in court, it’s just, that’s why I think the timing’s suspicious.”
Sam’s expecting the court case to be heard in October.
Federal officials have responded with a statement indicating they can’t comment because this matter is before the court.