Members of the West Moberly First Nations are bringing forward their objections to a proposed coal project in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo. They're opposing permits that were issued to Canadian Kailuan Dehua Mines Co., Ltd. that will allow the organization to remove 100,000 tonnes of material, transport of 15,000 tonnes of coal, and begin construction for major components of a 30 year coal mine.
The Gething Project site is located about 30 kilometres from the reserve and 50 metres from a culture camp where members of the First Nation fish, hunt, and teach traditions to children.
In a release West Moberly Chief Roland Wilson says, ”The Crown doesn’t seem to understand how important this location is to us, and they didn’t give us the chance to tell them. The government allowed the company to prepare the studies it needed, but wouldn’t wait for the detailed report we produced on the impacts to our culture.”
The hearing is expected to last until Friday.