NEWS
03/10/2016 12:27 EST | Updated 03/11/2017 00:12 EST

Baffin Island Inuit can appeal seismic fight to Supreme Court

OTTAWA — The National Energy Board will have two of its decisions reviewed by the Supreme Court of Canada.

The high court has ruled that it will hear an appeal by the remote Inuit village of Clyde River in Nunavut of seismic testing approved off Baffin Island.

It also says the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation in southern Ontario can appeal an energy board ruling that OKed expansion of a pipeline from the Alberta oilsands to a Montreal refinery.  

Both decisions revolve around consultation of aboriginal people on development affecting their territory.

Clyde River, a village of about 1,000 people, says the federal government was wrong to delegate responsibility to consult with local people to the company behind the seismic tests.

The village also argues the company didn't take its concerns into account in designing test plans.

The Canadian Press