Chief Allan Adam

Chief Allan Adam: 'All we can do is continue to put pressure on on how those conditions will be met.' (Angela Sterritt/CBC)

The Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in northern Alberta says he's disappointed with the Northern Gateway Pipeline decision.

On Tuesday, the federal government approved construction of the pipeline by Enbridge, as long as the company satisfies 209 conditions laid down by the National Energy Board.

Chief Allan Adam is asking the federal government to make sure all 209 conditions are met.

“They have conditions that have to be met before they even move forward. All we can do is continue to put pressure on how those conditions will be met,” he says.

The conditions include more thorough consultation with First Nations in the area.

The Board also wants Enbridge to ensure First Nations benefit from the project economically.

Aboriginal groups have already filed dozens of lawsuits in an effort to stop the project.