U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to stop oil from flowing while the tribes appeal his decision last week allowing pipeline construction to finish.
The Calgary-based pipeline company says it will now seek regulatory approval from the National Energy Board for the new tolls with a targeted in-service date of Nov. 1.
Jim Carr, federal minister of Natural Resources, announced on Mar. 10 the government’s decision to approve Nova Gas Transmission Ltd.’s (NGTL) Towerbirch Expansion Project, subject to a set of binding conditions.
OPP Const. Stephanie Hammond said the fuel spill so far has been significant and up to 33,000 litres could spill if the leak isn't stopped soon. "It's gone into the ditches, it's gone into the catch basin. But the catch basin does not flow into the Humber River itself," she said.
The government revealed its aggressive pipeline strategy during a Throne Speech on Thursday when Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP set out its vision for Alberta as the provincial economy moves out of recession.