Aerial view of & # 39; Fort McKay, Alta., Monday, 19 & # 39; September, 2011. The First Nation Alberta listening & # 39; province on approvals & # 39; development say threaten sacred land the government promised to protect. The Fort McKay First Nation brought an action in & # 39; Edmonton court late last week.
Alberta First Nation is sue the province of approvals & # 39; development band says that threaten the sacred land the government promised to protect.
"We will not continue to sit alone and let the area be destroyed," Jim Boucher, chief of Fort McKay First Nation, said in a news release.
Fort McKay, community & # 39; 800 about 80 km from Fort McMurray, is surrounded by mines seed lightly open on three sides. The closest is within four & # 39; kilometers.
The members of the band have been true considering the area around the lake Moose and Namur, in the west of the community, their last refuge for traditional hunting, trapping and berry picking. The lawsuit argues that there has been much development in the region – from energy exploration forestry to agriculture – that is all Moose Lake Fort McKay left.
"Without the preservation of the Moose Lake area, players will no longer be able to exercise b & # 39; significantly the rights of their treaty", says the statement contains allegations that have not been proven in court.
"(Moose Lake) is now under imminent threat from industrial activity has been or will be approved by Alberta."
The provincial government did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The alleged threat comes from approval granted in & # 39; last June by the energy regulator province for oil project could & # 39; to f & # 39; & # 39 two kilometers; Moose Lake. The plans & # 39; & # 39 of Prosper Petroleum; $ 440 million and 10,000 barrels per day were against the power of & # 39; & # 39 in Fort McKay, then.
The green came despite draft & # 39; provincial plan – the result of & # 39; 15 years & # 39; discussions under many different governments – to give protection to this area.
That plan envisaged an area of & # 39; 10 kilometers around the lake and Moose Namur b & # 39; safeguards for land use protection & # 39; Fort McKay. It was established control & # 39; access, environmental monitoring and thresholds for region & # 39; around.
The regulator & # 39; the Energy & # 39; Alberta said at the time took into account the social and economic issues, as well as impacts on treaty rights.
However, the regulator said it can not increase the clearance effect on the province's plan for the lake area because that plan was still being discussed and has not been implemented.
The lawsuit asks the court to cancel the permits for industrial activity in the area & # 39; 10 km. also asks the court to prohibit Alberta to authorize more activity in the area until Fort McKay does not agree with.
"Alberta has failed … to protect the Moose Lake area of the impacts of industrial development", says the statement of claim. "Alberta will continue, until no longer do this, to conduct or approve the industrial development in the Moose Lake area."
Prosper Petroleum said it is committed to addressing the concerns of its neighbors.
The company uses steam injected in & # 39; low horizontal leaves to melt the heavy bitumen and crude sticky and let it run dry in & # 39; many parallel before being pumped to the surface, where it is transported by truck to buyer or pipe.