CON­DUCT CUL­TURAL AS­SESS­MENT OF LIGHT­NING ROCK SITE

Alberta Oil - - OIL SANDS REPORT -

At least three months be­fore build­ing the pipe­line section be­tween the Su­mas Ter­mi­nal and the Su­mas Pump Sta­tion, Trans Moun­tain will con­duct ar­chae­o­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the pipe­line’s po­ten­tial im­pacts on the sa­cred abo­rig­i­nal Light­ning Rock site in Su­mas. The site, and its at­ten­dant rock for­ma­tion, is an im­por­tant cul­tural site for the Su­mas First Na­tion, and is be­lieved to be the site of abo­rig­i­nal mass graves dat­ing back to 1782, when a small pox epi­demic dec­i­mated the Su­mas pop­u­la­tion. Trans Moun­tain must file a re­port to the NEB on its field stud­ies of the site, es­ti­mat­ing the po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cio-eco­nomic im­pacts of project con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tions on the site’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­sources and cul­tural her­itage. Trans Moun­tain must in­cor­po­rate all con­sul­ta­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions of the lo­cal Stó:loō peo­ple, in­clud­ing the Su­mas First Na­tion, in its find­ings.

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