Enbridge is asking the National Energy Board of Canada for an extension to continue talks with Coastal First Nations for support of the Northern Gateway pipeline.
Coastal First Nations Chair Kelly Russ says the National Energy Board must reject Enbridge’s request for a three year extension.
“One of our concerns is the lack of meaningful engagement”
If Enbridge gets its extension (to 2019), the original application would be more than a decade old and Russ says the studies submitted would have no merit.
“The science has changed, the underlying assumptions need to be re-examined. I think there’s better science this time around that we can take a look at.”
Russ says the federal government has a duty to consult with First Nations on whether or not the extension should be granted.
Without the NEB’s approval Enbridge’s certificate will expire by the end of this year, unless construction of the pipeline or the Kitimat Terminal has started by that date.
The pipeline would carry Alberta crude oil to the B.C. coast in Kitimat.