Akwesasne planning legal challenge against waterfront tanks

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Akwesasne is laying the groundwork to begin a legal challenge against the chemical tank project underway on the Cornwall waterfront.

The Mohawk government green-lighted a plan this week that suggests it will "pursue a judicial review with the Federal Court of Canada on the tank’s construction," according to a media release from the First Nation.

The announcement followed a presentation from Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger to the Mohawk council Tuesday on the subject of the waterfront tanks.

"The MCA and Cornwall share the same concern of not being consulted by the federal government for work being done on the waterfront," the release said. "The tanks are being situated on lands that are included as part of the Mohawks of Akwesasne’s North Shore Claim that was filed with Canada in 2012. 

"(The city and Akwesasne) are also concerned about the environmental hazard the tanks pose to our shared waterway. As a result, they hope that through their combined efforts that they will be able to protect the waterfront for recreational, tourism and other projects that will directly benefit our two communities."

Organizations: Federal Court, First Nation

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Canada, Ontario

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