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Vancouver, Jan 17 (Canadian-Media): B.C.'s appeal of a previous lower court decision quashing provincial legislation designed to block the project on Thursday being unanimously dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada was both disappointing to some and humiliating to others, media reports said.
Kinder-Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. Image credit: twitter handle
Minutes after the ruling, Attorney-General David Eby remarked that though the decision was disappointing he said, "We'll certainly be doing what we can within our jurisdiction to protect our economy and our environment."
The court further clarified that this matter falls under federal jurisdiction.
"We haven't changed our view of the risks that this transport of heavy oil poses to British Columbians," said George Heyman, B.C.'s environment minister, in an interview Friday on CBC's The Early Edition.
"We are not trying to frustrate or play games. We are trying to do our job," added the minister.
Sonia Furstenau, deputy leader of the B.C. Green Party and MLA for Cowichan Valley, also said that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is, at the end of the day, a political minefield.
"These are political decisions that are being made and a lot of people are not happy with these political decisions," Furstenau said.
"In an era where we can see the impacts of climate change so vividly, to see governments doubling down on a fossil fuel-driven infrastructure, it makes no sense."
A separate Federal Court of Appeals case on the project with considers Indigenous issues, is still pending.