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Alberta upholding ban of aboriginal groups at oilsands hearing –

Decision comes depite urging of Appeal Court judge to loosen restrictions on who can attend

Oct 20, 2013

The Alberta government says it won’t reconsider recent decisions to bar two aboriginal groups from speaking to regulators about oilsands developments on or near their traditional territories.

That refusal comes despite urgings from an Appeal Court judge to loosen restrictions on who has the right to appear before boards making decisions on how development in the province can proceed.

Earlier this year, a Métis Local from Fort McMurray and the Fort McKay First Nation filed statements of concern regardingoilsands developments.

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