The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is launching a lawsuit against the company that owns a controversial pipeline running through its traditional territory.
The legal battle will go to Canada’s top court regarding Enbridge’s Line 9, which runs between Sarnia and Montreal.
In 2012, Enbride sought to reverse the pipeline’s flow and increase its capacity.
Enbridge has since won the approval of the National Energy Board, cleared regulatory hurdles, and has begun operating the pipeline with its new format.
The first nation argues that it wasn’t consulted properly about the pipeline and its potential effects on their land and treaty rights.
The lawsuit pits the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation against Enbridge, the National Energy Board, and the Attorney General of Canada.