High court gives red light for Clyde River but green light for Line 9 pipeline

A pedestrian is shown walking past the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Wednesday Feb. 23, 2011. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press, July 26, 2017 

OTTAWA – The Inuit Hamlet of Clyde River won a nearly six-year-long battle Wednesday to stop seismic testing in the Arctic that could kill or maim the marine mammals upon which they rely for food and jobs.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled the National Energy Board failed miserably at properly consulting Inuit and didn’t adequately assess the impact on treaty and Indigenous rights of the proposed oil and gas exploration project before approving it in 2014.

The court quashed the NEB’s approval, meaning the testing cannot proceed.

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