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CANADIAN ABORIGINAL GROUPS SAY THEY CAN BLOCK OIL PIPELINES

05/31/2016

On Friday, May 20, aboriginal groups in Canada announced that they have the ability to block Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s proposed oil pipelines because they run through lands where the aboriginal groups have proven title. These comments were in response to Trudeau’s statement that no community can veto the pipelines. Trudeau told Reuters that the government could approve pipeline projects that connect Canadian oil with the market without unanimous consent. But a 2014 Supreme Court decision decided that “consent” from aboriginal tribes is required before major projects can proceed. The dispute could set up a larger battle over energy infrastructure products. Prime Minister Trudeau faces serious pressure from Canada’s oil sands producers to get their oil to the international market, but many pipelines have faced challenges and delays in construction due to legal and social action. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-canada-trudeau-aboriginal-idUKKCN0YB2R7.