Fossil fuel industry: using the coronavirus pandemic as cover for a stealth attack on environmental protections that keep us safe.

Today I learned a Judge in Canada has given approval to proceed with the Canadian side of the Trans Mountain expansion project after a federal court sent it back for review last summer.  Just as the indigenous tribes protect the rainforest but are losing the legal fight by stealth of deregulators, ( see https://borderslynn.com/2020/06/02/brazil-the-rainforest-is-dying-it-is-the-heart-of-the-earth-ecocide-is-the-cause/) so the Canadian indigenous tribes who protect the land from Eco harm are losing their legal battles whilst Covid 19 rampages through their populations.

“TORONTO — The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday dismissed an appeal from British Columbia First Nations against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast

The court dismissed the appeal from the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribes and Coldwater Indian Band, effectively ending the yearslong legal battle over the project.”

Alberta energy minister faces backlash for saying COVID-19 pandemic a ‘great time’ to build pipeline”

See: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/canada-high-court-dismisses-indigenous-appeal-of-trans-mountain-pipeline/
See: https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/pipeline-gets-green-light-from-canadian-court-Edq6WYl7x0inSPTdkrqiiA


Read the timeline history at https://globalnews.ca/news/7131724/trans-mountain-pipeline-timeline-2/
And reported concerns in 2018 at https://theintercept.com/2018/07/17/trans-mountain-pipeline-tar-sands-canada-us-kinder-morgan/

July 2, 2020: The Supreme Court refuses to hear the appeal from First Nations about the Indigenous consultation process.

Tracking Covid 19 in the Indian nation’s health system 

 https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/indian-country-s-covid-19-syllabus-EiN-p5Q-XkW-smnaebJV6Q

Graphic of Trans Mountain oil spills from Kennedy Stewart 2. Enbridge Kalamazoo oil spill disaster (2010) next to Kinder Morgan Burnaby oil pipeline spill (2007) 3. Photo of Kennedy Stewart by Mychaylo Prystupa

https://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/kinder-morgans-historic-oil-spills-are-double-kalamazoo-disaster-ndp-mp
LLoyd are the insurance company backing the scheme:

Unfriend Coal — a global network of NGOs and social movements appealing for insurance companies to divest out of the fossil fuel business — has called out major insurance companies Lloyd’s, Zurich, and Munich Re for providing hundreds of millions in liability insurance coverage to the Trans Mountain pipeline project.”

https://www.claimspages.com/news/2020/05/14/lloyds-zurich-munich-re-come-under-fire-for-supporting-tar-sands-pipeline/

About borderslynn

Retired, living in the Scottish Borders after living most of my life in cities in England. I can now indulge my interest in all aspects of living close to nature in a wild landscape. I live on what was once the Iapetus Ocean which took millions of years to travel from the Southern Hemisphere to here in the Northern Hemisphere. That set me thinking and questioning and seeking answers.
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