"Northern Gateway Has Ottawa Scrambling To Avoid Lawsuits"

"VICTORIA -- Within three hours of the Joint Review Panel’s announcement giving conditional approval for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, the Lake Babine First Nation threatened the lawsuit it has been preparing for months."

"The band has already retained one of the top aboriginal law experts in Canada, setting the stage for a court fight the federal government is working feverishly behind the scenes to stave off.

Jack Woodward literally wrote the book on native law in Canada. His Consolidated Native Law Statutes, Regulations and Treaties has been in publication since 1989. He will represent Lake Babine and says of all the opponents of the project, even those with better financial means, the law gives First Nations more leverage."

Justine Hunter reports for the Toronto Globe and Mail December 23, 2013.

Source: Toronto Globe & Mail, 12/24/2013