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Following First Nation blockade, Woodland Cree and Obsidian Energy come to terms – CBC

June 12, 2024

Plans to expand drilling operations triggered protest camps

A conflict over drilling operations that resulted in a First Nations blockade and standoff on an oil lease road in northern Alberta has been resolved.
Calgary-based Obsidian Energy and Woodland Cree First Nation have reached an agreement in principle over the company’s expansion plans, bringing an end to a prolonged protest.

The First Nation had staged a protest camp near the company operations near Peace River, blocking off access to an Obsidian oil lease site.

Woodland Cree began blocking the access road in February over concerns Obsidian wasn’t keeping it informed about industrial activity on its traditional territory. The band was also concerned about earthquakes linked to Obsidian’s activities.

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