Shishá7lh prepared to form blockade

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TEXADA ISLAND COAL PERMIT

The Sechelt First Nation is prepared to form a blockade to keep coal ships from passing through its territory, according to Chief Calvin Craigan.

His statement came after a flurry of arsenic-laden coal washed ashore on a Texada Island beach, near Lafarge Canada Inc.’s Texada Quarry coal storage facility, following a recent permit amendment approved by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) without consultation.

“Be assured, we will take a stand,” Craigan told the Peak. “We will blockade and put a stop to this. We’ve always protected our resources and they have sustained us for all these years. We are not going to stop now.”

In a press release issued by Kevin Washbrook, director of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, he stated the province quietly issued the permit amendment over a month ago and had not announced…

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