All the recent talk of pipeline activity in the North has certainly brought its fair share of issues and opposition. Including a judicial review from one local First Nations band.
The Carrier Sekani tribal council and several of its First Nations groups have filed, due mainly to the environmental assessment process of the Coastal Gaslink project which they feel was rushed.
Chief Terry Teegee feels concerns brought up by his council were not addressed on how development would affect their territory:
“How are some of these right of ways going to be mitigated in terms of how is it going to affect stream crossings, how are they going to mitigate a lot of the issues in regards to cumulative impacts of other industry in the area, also how are a lot of mitigative efforts going to be made in regards to issues such as wildlife”
He says the decision was not taken lightly, as it only came after they felt they had exhausted all other possible options with the BC government.
While not against development, members of the council feel the pipeline industry itself is getting just as frustrated with the government and its handling of first nations relationships, especially after the Tsilhqot’in case of last year.