STANDOFF, AB – A company’s appeal of the denied Grassy Mountain Coal Mine won’t be getting support from the Blood Tribe.
Earlier this summer, a joint review panel recommended the proposed mine in the Crowsnest Pass not be approved after it was deemed to not be in the public interest.
Benga Mining though is appealing that decision.
In a news release, the Blood Tribe says it has reviewed that panel decision and has decided it will not participate in Benga’s appeal.
It says further to that, Kainai remains concerned about coal projects in the Crowsnest Pass region and in particular, those on the headwaters of the Oldman River watershed.
Two other southern Albert First Nations however, Piikani and Stony Nakoda, want the court to allow the appeal to go ahead. The Piikani Nation said back in June in a statement on its website that it has “continued support” for the proposed mine.