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First Nation asks appeals court to defend Moose Lake

PHOTO. An aerial view of Fort McKay, Alta., from 2011. The Fort McKay First Nation met with the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton asking them to overturn the Alberta Energy Regulator's approval of Prosper's Rigel project near Moose Lake. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Fort McKay First Nation appeared before the Alberta Court of Appeal.

They asked the courts to overturn Alberta Energy Regulator’s approval for Prosper’s Rigel project near Moose Lake.

In a statement, they said their Moose Lake Plan is a solution for responsible industry growth in the vicinity of the Moose Lake reserves.

The First Nation released a short video yesterday on their Facebook about the plan.

They recommended a 10-km zone around the lake protecting the area, and honouring millennia-old traditions and treaty rights.

In March, the Alberta Court of Appeals denied the Fort McKay Métis permission to appeal the approval of an oilsands project.

The Fort McKay Métis also argued the Prosper Petroleum project is too close to the Moose Lake Reserves.