A lawsuit against the Minister of Environment and Climate Change was filed in Federal Court on May 6 by the organization Ecojustice challenging the government’s decision to approve the Bay du Nord project, an oil platform off the coast of Terre- Neuve, which plans to extract up to 1 billion barrels of oil.

Ecojustice is acting on behalf of Équiterre and the Sierra Club Foundation, two environmental organizations that claim the Bay du Nord project violates Canada’s international obligations.

“This project poses a threat to our marine ecosystems and our GHG emission reduction targets. Considering all the long-term impacts, we have no choice but to file this application for judicial review with the Federal Court,” explained Équiterre Executive Director, Colleen Thorpe.

More details to come.