One month ago, the Coldwater Band received the green light from the Federal Court of Appeal to continue with ligation against the Trans Mountain Corporation.
Speaking with Coldwater Chief Lee Spahan at the time, he mentioned the litigation being another option for his community.
“It’s an option that will be taken back to our membership to get what are the next steps and what direction is going to be given to Chief and Council on whether we move forward with litigation,” said Spahan. “The main thing is for the protection of our aquifer and making sure we take care of our water sources.”
A month later, the process of the aquifer study has barely begun.
“What we want is an accurate study that has the full details, all the data and all the information that is needed. They expect to do it in an expedited fashion. I don’t consider that consultation,” said Spahan.
As for a timeline, an exact date is still unclear.
“They did state December 31, but it’s going to take longer than that. I don’t know if there has been any speculated date for both sides to agree with because without gathering all that important information no decisions can be made,” added Spahan.
From the start of the process, the Coldwater Band has held strong on not making any decisions until they have all the information to present to their community members.
“We're thinking about what is going to be happening for our future generations and what they have to deal with,” concluded Spahan.
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