Faced with injunction, Lubicon ponder next move, Lubicon Lake Nation defies court injunction over fracking blockade

Faced with injunction, Lubicon ponder next move by APTN National News, December 18, 2013
Lubicon Lake Nation members involved in a blockade against energy firm Penn West are still mulling what to do in response to an injunction ordering them to take down their anti-fracking camp. A Calgary judge granted Penn West Petroleum a six-month injunction Monday against the blockade targeting one of the company’s access roads leading to drill sites. Members of the Lubicon Nation blocked the road for about three weeks saying they wanted to protect land with cultural, historical and environmental importance from fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. Cynthia Tomlinson, an advisor on lands and negotiations to the Lubicon, said community members met Monday night and Tuesday afternoon to discuss what to do next. Tomlinson said they discussed appealing the injunction and continuing to protest. The current protest site, however, was abandoned after the judge issued the injunction. “So far they don’t want to do anything that is going to appear violent,” said Tomlinson. “They are looking at taking steps to protect their lands.”

Tomlinson said people reacted with anger at the judge’s ruling and are now concerned the injunction covers too large of a zone that includes trapping and hutting areas still in use. “People are wondering if they are taking our sacred lands and giving them to development,” she said. Tomlinson said the RCMP also attended part of the meeting and told community members the federal force was acting in a mediating capacity. The Lubicon Lake Nation is a governance structure headed by Chief Bernard Ominiyak which is separate from the Lubicon Lake Band which is lead by Chief Billy Joe Laboucan. Penn West has the support of Laboucan and his council. “We also approve that the (RCMP) to take any action regarding Mr. Bernard Ominiyak, a Lubicon member or any others, who may act as the chief and council in their attempts for work stoppage and illegal blockades,” said a letter signed by Laboucan and two councillors sent to Penn West and carbon-copied to the RCMP. Penn West submitted the letter as one of its exhibits in its application for the injunction. Penn West says it has consulted with both the Lubicon Lake Nation and the Lubicon Lake Band. Alberta owns 69,000 shares in Penn West at a value of $595,000, according to the Nasdaq, stock-exchange website. [Emphasis added]

Lubicon Lake Nation defies injunction over fracking blockade by Markham Hislop, December 17, 2013, Beacon News
Chief Bernard Ominayak says Lubicon Lake Nation did not give consent to oil extraction. The Lubicon Lake Nation is defying a court injunction to take down a blockade in northern Alberta and says it plans to continue fighting hydraulic fracturing on its traditional territory. The Lubicon Lake Nation says it has no plans to take down its blockade of a PennWest drilling site. Calgary energy company PennWest Exploration (TSX:PWT) is hoping the court injunction granted on Monday will lead to a quick resolution of the confrontation. PennWest spokesman Greg Moffatt says the Lubicon Lake Nation obstruction of an access road into a prospective drilling site is still up. He says the company is able to be somewhat flexible in its work plans, but authorities will have to step in at some point if the injunction isn’t obeyed. The protesters have been blocking the road since late November in an effort to stop the company from fracking on territory they consider sacred.

Chief Bernard Ominayak said in a press release following the hearing result and that the Lubicon Lake Nation plans to file an appeal, claiming the band was denied the opportunity to respond to the court. “This is yet another example of what the United Nations has already ruled in the Lubicon case. We as people do not have effective redress in the Canadian legal and regulatory system and it is actively being used as a tool to exterminate us in favor of natural resource development” said Chief Ominayak. … The Lubicon Lake Nation says it has the longest unresolved land claim in Canadian history, its traditional territory includes some of the richest oil and gas reserves in the world, and more than $14 billion worth of oil and gas has been extracted from its territory without its consent. [Emphasis added]

[Refer also to:

2013 Ukraine and New Brunswick riot police abuse protesters, violate their rights

Chevron halts Romania shale work after using riot police to harm concerned citizens in Romania, RCMP use riot police against concerned Canadians, Mi’kmaq in New Brunswick refuse to back down, defy another court injunction

PennWest sought the injunction because Alberta government wasn’t forcing access to the site fast enough

Lubicon First Nation files lawsuit against Calgary-based PennWest over fracking; Lubicon Lake Nation Tells Penn West Petroleum to Frack Off! ]

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