Protesters trying to stop drilling and blasting on the Thunderchild First Nation said their protests will go on, despite an interim injunction granted this morning in a Saskatoon courtroom.
'That ground has already been disturbed.' — Marilyn Wapass, protest leader
The judge has granted an interim order that prohibits protesters on the first nation from interfering with the oil exploration.
Protesters set up camp on August 4 to stop the drilling operation on what they're calling, "sacred land." The order remains in place until next Thursday at 5 p.m.
But it's too late, protest leader Marilyn Wapass said.
"The explosives that are there are just 20 to 30 feet from the lodges and so that ground has already been disturbed," she said.
There are almost 30 undetonated explosive charges still in the ground, each containing about one pound of dynamite. The judge was concerned for safety of the protesters and the court order allows those charges to be detonated, the only way of removing them.
The group said it will continue to protest. Both sides will be back in court next Thursday at 10 a.m. to argue whether the order should be permanent, but the exploration program is pretty much finished.
Wapass said the damage has been done, while the chief and council deny sacred ground has or will be disturbed.