Environmental groups ask court to block feds from approving Northern Gateway pipeline

A tug tows a large barge along Princess Royal Island, B.C.

Environmental groups have filed an application in Federal Court to block approval of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

Ecojustice filed the lawsuit Friday, seeking a court order that would prevent the federal cabinet from giving the project the go-ahead after a federal review panel recommended approval last month.

The lawsuit brought on behalf of Forest Ethics Advocacy, Living Oceans Society and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, says the joint review by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel was flawed and did not have sufficient evidence to make that decision.

Karen Campbell of Ecojustice says the panel made a decision despite gaps in the evidence presented during its 18-month review, including a federal study of diluted bitumen and how it behaves in water that was quietly released after the panel wrapped up hearings.

The panel also didn’t get to consider a federal recovery strategy for humpback whales, which was published by Environment Canada when the hearings ended — five years after it was due under the federal Species At Risk Act.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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