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Citing a lack of hoped for discussions with the industry and the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the Dene Tha’ First Nation is taking the provincial government to court over concerns about Northeast BC shale gas development.

In a petition filed with the BC Supreme Court, it is challenging the Energy Ministry’s decision last year to sell oil and gas tenures in the Cordova Basin.

It is located within the First Nation’s traditional Northeast BC territory, and Dene Tha’ is concerned about the impact of shale gas development on its constitutionally-protected Treaty-8 hunting, fishing, and trapping rights.

It is also citing hydraulic fracking concerns with regard to water quality and quantity, and the lack of adequate information on potential environmental impacts to area in question.

Thus in the lawsuit it is asking the court to set aside the tenure sales, and to order the province to engage in a meaningful consultation process with the Dene Tha’, that fully addresses its concerns.

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