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A Canadian Court Strikes a Blow to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals ruled against the Trans Mountain pipeline in what some are calling a major setback for oil and a win for environmental and indigenous groups, the Toronto Star reports.

The court ordered Canada to redo its assessment for the pipeline project because it did not do enough to consult with First Nations—an order that may halt the project "indefinitely," according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

"It's a really resounding victory for the environment, for First Nations, for communities," Dyna Tuytel, a lawyer with Ecojustice, who represented environmental groups in the case, told the Star.

Under Canada's proposed expansion, Trans Mountain, previously owned by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, would carry 590,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to British Columbia, according to the Financial Post. It would also increase shipping traffic, the court ruled, with possibly devastating consequences for marine life and the environment.