December 17th 2018
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is seeking to block a major oilsands expansion project, adding another Indigenous legal challenge to the region’s resource exploitation.
In a filing to the province’s energy regulator, the First Nation asked to stop the expansion of Syncrude Canada Ltd’s Mildred Lake oilsands operation.
If approved, the expansion would add around 184,000 barrels of oil per day to Mildred Lake’s production. Hearings on the matter are to be held by the Alberta Energy Regulator in Fort McMurray from Jan. 22-Feb. 8, 2019.
Chief Allan Adam said that Syncrude’s oilsands operations have persisted for 40 years in his nation’s territory and have had a deleterious effect on the land and his people. He said that an expansion will only exacerbate these.
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