B.C. band asks court to force federal government to reject pipeline expansion

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VANCOUVER - A British Columbia First Nation wants a court to force the federal government to reject the plan to twin the Kinder Morgan pipeline through its reserve.

The Coldwater Indian Band says in Federal Court documents that the minister of indian affairs is ready to consent to the plan that would see almost triple the amount of oil moving past its reserve.

The band's request for a judicial review says the minister has the legal obligation to act in the best interests of the band and the duty to consult with them.

The court claim says the federal government can't impose the risks of the second pipeline on the First Nation against their will.

The government approved the original pipeline that runs through the band's Merritt-area reserve in B.C.'s southern Interior in the 1950s.

The petition says the minister of indian affairs appears to be ready to make a decision without consulting with the First Nation or getting its consent.

Organizations: British Columbia First Nation, Kinder Morgan, Coldwater Indian Band Federal Court

Geographic location: B.C., VANCOUVER, Southern Interior

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