Lubicon blockade in northern Alberta removed after injunction: PennWest

LITTLE BUFFALO, Alta. – The blockade of a Calgary energy company’s access road is down after a court injunction ordered a northern Alberta aboriginal band to remove it.

PennWest Exploration (TSX:PWT) spokesman Greg Moffatt says the Lubicon First Nation’s obstruction of an access road into a prospective drilling site has been removed.

Lubicon First Nations leadership says it is meeting to decide what to do next.

The protesters had been blocking the road since late November in an effort to stop the company from fracking on territory they consider sacred.

Moffatt says the company has worked well with the Lubicon First Nation in the past.

He suggests the problems have more to do with the band’s conflicted leadership and unresolved land claim.