Enbridge balks at seizing assets from environmental group to pay legal costs

VANCOUVER — Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) says it has decided not to proceed against Stand.earth after sheriffs arrived at the environmental group’s Vancouver office today with court documents authorizing them to seize the organization’s assets.

Karen Mahon of Stand.earth, formerly known as Forest Ethics, says the documents authorized the sheriffs to take and sell the organization’s assets to recover money owed to Enbridge after it lost a court case against changes to Line 9, a pipeline that runs between Ontario and Quebec.


Stand.earth posted a photo of the documents online that shows the amount owing at about $14,500.

Enbridge spokesman Jesse Semko says in an email the Calgary-based corporation has asked the sheriffs not to seize any assets from Stand.earth and it will not be pursuing the matter further.

He declined further comment, saying Enbridge does not publicly discuss legal matters.

The court fees were awarded as part of an unsuccessful lawsuit launched by Forest Ethics against the National Energy Board and Enbridge over what it alleged was inadequate consultation around the pipeline expansion project.

The Canadian Press