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Trans Mountain pipeline gets go ahead despite concerns of Indigenous groups

Canada has officially rejected the Indigenous appeal to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The $7.8 billion pipeline — which will carry nearly a million barrels of oil per day from Alberta to B.C. — has seen a number of delays, but will now go ahead as planned.

On February 4, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that after "reasonable" consultations were carried out with Indigenous peoples, the court has decided to dismiss their appeal.

The decision was unanimous.

Of the 129 Indigenous groups impacted by the pipeline, 120 either support it or are neutral. Forty-three Indigenous groups have signed benefit agreements with the project.

Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney called the court ruling a "win" for Albertans.

The Indigenous groups opposed to the decision were understandably disappointed.

Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation reminded Canadians of the significant environmental impact that the pipeline will have, adding that the government "is incapable of making sound decisions for Canada."

"This is not over," George said.

The Unist'ot'en Camp voiced their condemnation for the decision on social media, writing, "We have no fear. We will win."

So far, Canadians have been divided over the decision.

Some are standing in solidarity with the Indigenous groups opposed to the pipeline.

And others are thrilled that the TMX pipeline can finally move forward.

The Indigenous groups against the Trans Mountain expansion project confirmed that they have already submitted another appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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