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Injunction Against Shell in Klappan

Word today from the Klabona Keepers announcing that a temporary injunction has been issued in BC Supreme Court against Shell. This prevents Shell from rebuilding the road into the Klappan where they wish to continue exploring for coal bed methane.

Notably, the injunction was issued on the assertion that BC’s Heritage Conservation Act — which protects archaeological sites and other cultural properties — may be violated by the road building efforts. Shell has, in turn, “contacted Heritage Branch to ascertain whether their road construction activities are consistent with the Heritage Conservation Act.” The Klabona Keepers would like to see, and participate in, an archaeological assessment of the areas in question.

Update: Canadian Press has picked up the story.

Update: The Prince George Citizen’s piece on the injunction gives details of Shell’s position regarding the use of the Heritage Act to slow development.

Intercontinental Cry has even more information regarding the duration of this injunction and the next steps:

The interim injunction will be in effect until the hearing of a full application for an interlocutory injunction, probably some time next week. If it’s put into effect, than this second injunction would run until the final resolution of the lawsuit between Klabona representatives, Shell and the Province of British Columbia.

And from Dogwood Initiative:

After being notified of the cultural heritage resources in the area, Shell retained archeological consultants Golder Associates, who recommended the site be protected under BC’s Heritage Conservation Act.

The interim injunction, issued by Mr. Justice Hinkson in Vancouver court, is effective until the BC Archaeology Branch makes a final decision.

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