In a statement on Sunday, the group detailed the growing opposition to the project, noting that critics include: the Province of British Columbia; the state of Washington; the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Victoria; 19 other B.C. municipalities; 250,000 petition signers; and more than 24,000 who have pledged to do “whatever it takes” to stop the project.

“If Trudeau believes he can ram this pipeline through, he is misreading both the constitution and the electorate, while underestimating the opposition on the ground,” declared Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Mike Hudema.

“Bailing out failing projects, strong-arming Indigenous communities by ignorning their right to consent, and bypassing calls for science-based decision making,” Hudema added, “are ways to create a crisis, not solve one.”

Supporters of the pipeline have largely blamed the delays on B.C. Premier John Horgan, who opposes it and attended the emergency summit on Sunday.

However, as VICE News outlined, citing Canadian legal experts, “the biggest threat to the pipeline’s construction through B.C. comes not from Horgan’s NDP government, but from members of coastal and interior First Nations along the pipeline route who oppose it.” 

“They stand on unceded land and have signed no treaties with the Crown that could undermine their legal position,” VICE explained. “They can point to previous Supreme Court wins regarding First Nations title to land in B.C. And they are willing to erect barricades to stop construction of the pipeline through their territory.”

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