Court finds gaping holes in environmental assessment
March 05, 2008
The Federal Court of Canada today released a judgment finding fatal
legal errors in the environmental assessment of the Kearl Tar Sands
Project, north of Fort McMurray.
Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon was in court in January on behalf of
the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society
of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition .
“This is a huge victory,” said Nixon. “The Court accepted our
position that the environmental assessment was flawed, and that the
Joint Panel failed to explain why it thought the Kearl Project’s
environmental effects were insignificant. We will now consider whether
to bring another lawsuit to challenge the project’s federal permit that
was granted without legal authority.”
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