Coldwater Indian Band and Squamish Nation challenge Trans Mountain pipeline

Three First Nations have announced they’re taking legal action challenging the federal government’s approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Representatives from the Coldwater Indian Band near Merritt, along with the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nation held a joint news conference in Vancouver. Coldwater and Squamish Nation are both represented by Ratcliff & Co.

It is our Standing Rock,” said Coldwater Indian Band Chief Lee Spahan. “It is about our drinking water. The existing Kinder Morgan pipeline was built through our reserve and above our aquifer at a time when it was illegal for us to vote or hire a lawyer …The Crown’s decision to put our drinking water at risk…is profoundly troubling.”