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May 20, 2014

Pipeline Update: New Rules, UN Report and Court Challenge to Energy East

A number of news stories caught the attention of pipeline watchers last week.

On Monday, the UN’s Special Rapporteur released his report on the rights of Indigenous people.  The report followed his eight day information gathering visit to Canada in October 2013.  The Report was extensive and addressed socio-economic issues.  It referenced some of Canada’s major resource development plans including Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.  The Report noted the complexities of Canada’s duty to consult and the lack of consistent framework for consultation. It urged Canada to put in place a framework that allows for genuine input and involvement at the earliest stages of decision making. It urged governments to maximize benefits for indigenous peoples from extractive opportunities within their lands.

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