Timeline: Key dates in the history of the Trans Mountain pipeline

Kilometre Zero of the Trans Mountain pipeline system at the Kinder Morgan Edmonton Terminal in Edmonton.					David Bloom  Postmedia file

In a written decision, the court indicated that the National Energy Board's review of the expansion project was "so flawed" that the Trudeau Government couldn't rely on it as the basis for its approval of the project back in 2016.

The court ruling will halt construction of the 1,150km project, spearheaded by Texas-based Kinder Morgan, until the energy regulator and government can show they have complied with the court's demands - a process that could take years.

Specifically, the court said it was an "unjustifiable failure" that the National Energy Board did not consider the environmental impacts of the increased tanker traffic.

Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance Christianne Wilhelmson says the Trudeau Liberals have been shamed.

January 27, 2016: The federal Liberal government says pipeline projects such as the Trans Mountain expansion will now be assessed in part on the greenhouse gas emissions produced in the extraction and processing of the oil they carry.

Less than 24 hours later, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the government's approval of the project, imperilling the pillar holding up Trudeau's signature promise to tackle climate change by balancing economic growth and environmental protection.

February 21, 2012: Kinder Morgan says it wants to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline after receiving support from oil shippers and will begin public consultations.

"Going forward, we urge politicians and other project proponents to shift their focus away from projects that lock us into dependence on fossil fuels", Ecojustice lawyer Dyna Tuytel said.

"Four or five hundred tanker crossings a year will not happen, the risk of a diluted bitumen spill will not increase, it's significant to the orcas, it does not solve all the other problems", says Wilhelmson.

It also said the federal government failed in its duty to properly consult with First Nations before giving the project the go-ahead.

The court combined into one case almost two dozen lawsuits filed by First Nations, environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby calling for the energy board's review to be overturned.

Kinder Morgan shareholders are to vote later today on whether to approve the sale to Canada.

"We'll see what the federal government decides to do", he said.

That exclusion made the NEB report unreliable for the government when assessing the project, the court found.

Notley also says her government hasn't ruled out acting on legislation it recently passed allowing it to cut oil flows both east and west to drive home the importance of Alberta's bedrock industry to the rest of Canada.

"The most complicated mining project might have a dozen First Nation communities involved, not, you know, well over a hundred as a linear project would have".

That's what we're trying to enact, so we is also in the market in the prolonged depart."The court docket has asked us to respond promptly and in a valuable capacity to this day's decision and has given us some factual instructions in subsequent steps", Finance Minister Bill Morneau informed newshounds following the decision."While we wish to make sure the mission proceeds, we additionally wish to make sure it moves forward in the factual capacity", Morneau acknowledged".

The decision in Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. "The court decision actually said the process we put in place was a distinct improvement".

January 17, 2018: Kinder Morgan Canada warns the Trans Mountain expansion project could be a year behind schedule.

Khelsilem, councillor and spokesperson for Squamish Nation in B.C., a plaintiff in this case, said many are feeling "elation and happiness and joy" with today's ruling. "It is time for Prime Minister Trudeau to do the right thing", the band said in a statement. We remain committed to building this project in consideration of communities and the environment, with meaningful consultation with Indigenous Peoples and for the benefit of Canadians.

October 26, 2017: Kinder Morgan Canada asks NEB to allow work to begin despite a failure to obtain municipal permits from the City of Burnaby.

Kinder Morgan had already won several court victories, including one last week when the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application from the City of Burnaby to overturn a lower court decision.

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