Court denies aboriginal bid to block ruling on Jackpine expansion

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EDMONTON - Two aboriginal groups have lost their bid to block a ruling on Shell's Jackpine oilsands mine expansion in northern Alberta.

The groups had asked the Alberta Court of Appeal to force a regulatory board to rule on whether they had been adequately consulted before it decided if the Shell project could go ahead.

But the board said governments should determine how much consultation is adequate.

The Appeal Court ruled in favour of the board.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Metis Nation of Alberta say that means the board will make a Jackpine decision without anyone considering whether their right to adequate consultation has been fulfilled.

A band spokeswoman says the issue may now be headed for the Supreme Court.

Organizations: Alberta Court, Supreme Court

Geographic location: Jackpine, EDMONTON, Northern Alberta Alberta

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