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The Canadian Press: Shell Canada loses injunction against Tahltan protesters

VANCOUVER – Shell Canada has lost its second bid to get a court injunction against members of a northwest B.C. First Nation fighting to protect its ancestral land.

That means aboriginal protesters are being allowed to keep blocking road construction for Shell Canada’s coal bed methane project in the Klappen Valley, about 700 kilometres west of Smithers, B.C.

Members of the Tahltan First Nation now are seeking a permanent injunction to prevent the destruction of land they call their cultural property.

In August, Shell also lost an earlier injunction application in B.C. Supreme Court to remove a group of Tahltan elders from a roadblock.

Jason Gratl, counsel for the group, says his clients are fighting to protect land their ancestors have used for centuries.

They say the coal bed methane project will damage culturally significant territory, including an ancient hunting trail, and claim Shell Canada has failed to consult with local leaders on the project.

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