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February 24, 2014

Ottawa Acted Unlawfully in Failing To Address Backlog of Overdue Species-at-Risk Recovery Strategies

The Federal Court declared in a decision released February 14, 2014 that two federal departments acted unlawfully in failing to meet statutory deadlines for the release of recovery strategies for four species-at-risk.  Ecojustice brought the lawsuit on behalf of five environmental groups concerned that industrial development in British Columbia threatens habitat critical to the species survival.  The Court found that the delays are “just the tip of the iceberg”, indicating “an enormous systemic problem” within the relevant departments. Government witnesses acknowledged that they are behind schedule on developing recovery strategies for another 167 species-at-risk.  All four species could potentially be adversely affected by the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and resulting tanker traffic.

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