The BC NDP government announced on Thursday that they have hired legal help when it comes to the fight against Kinder Morgan.
As well, the Squamish First Nation has a court challenge related to inadequate consultation by Kinder Morgan on its project, which proposes to nearly triple the number of barrels of oil shipped per day from Edmonton to the shores of Burrard Inlet, increasing from 300,000 to 890,000.
"We're beyond relieved that Kinder Morgan won't be able to put shovels in the ground next month", said Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee.
Eby explained there are two court actions underway with regards to the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal.
Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema has issued a statement praising the government's action and declaring that it's "yet another indication that this pipeline will never be built".
If granted, the province would be allowed to fully back the challenges, even though it isn't named in the lawsuits.
Anderson's statement sets the stage for a messy legal battle over B.C.'s ability to affect a National Energy Board decision over a pipeline that crosses provincial boundaries.
The province would be seeking intervenor status in that case, said Eby. That case will begin in November in federal court.
"Before they can begin work, the certificate required them to complete environmental management plans".
The project's prospect has become more uncertain after a left-leaning government took power in British Columbia in June, although the administration has since softened its rhetoric. Pipeline capacity will increase from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.
Under new, left-leaning leadership and citing risks to its environment and food supply, the province began to detail its plan to halt the energy project that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved late past year.
The NDP has opposed the expansion of the pipeline, which received the blessing of the province's former Liberal government earlier this year.
"One, our commitment to First Nations peoples in British Columbia, both in specific litigation and the UN Declaration of Rights Of Indigenous Peoples".
Heyman said the province is also reviewing a number of other measures they could take to try to stop the pipeline expansion going ahead.
Regardless, back in May, Trudeau reaffirmed that he is still backing the pipeline project despite any opposition from a new BC government.
"What we have said is we will use every tool available to defend BC's interests and that's exactly what we're doing", George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, said in today's address to the media.
"We know with the federal government's approval of this project, the path forward will be challenging, but we're committed to stepping up and fighting for BC's interests".