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Stung by derailed negotiations with B.C., Blueberry River First Nations return to court – The Narwhal

by ahnationtalk on May 24, 2019202 Views

Three-quarters of the nation’s territory lies within 250 metres of an industrial disturbance. A potentially precedent-setting court case on this ‘death by a thousand cuts’ could disrupt B.C.’s multi-billion dollar natural gas industry

After almost a year of negotiations with the province, a northern B.C. First Nation is returning to court on May 27 — kickstarting a potentially precedent-setting case against B.C. that could disrupt the multi-billion dollar natural gas industry if successful.

The Blueberry River First Nations traditional territory, located in the Peace River region of northeastern B.C., sits atop one of the largest deposits of natural gas on the planet. Over the last 50 years, the region has been transformed beyond recognition by run-away cumulative impacts from oil and gas, forestry, hydro and mining.

A 2016 report based on B.C. government data found that almost 75 per cent of the territory now lies within 250 metres of an industrial disturbance.

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