"Productional drainage" is a reality, says Joe Dion, chairman and CEO of Frog Lake Energy Resources Corp., which is wholly owned by the First Nation.
"I know there's been that issue for a long time with First Nations."
says that 15 years ago there was hardly any oil or gas activity on Frog Lake First Nation.
Now the company leases and subleases reserve land for primarily oil development with partners both on and off the reserve.
One of the issues, says Dion
, is although First Nations may sign over their oil and gas rights to the Crown with the understanding that development should be pursued, there is no way to guarantee development.
"One of the problems with right now is that Oil and Gas Canada doesn't have that capability to order companies to drill on the inside of the reserve," said Dion
But that could be changing.
"There's a regulatory process happening right now that will allow OGC to do that," said Dion
says it is not his
decision as to whether or not Frog Lake First Nation should join the class action lawsuit.
"Maybe this will get the governments to be more careful and to take action on these types of things going forward.
There's always something positive that comes out of these types of (legal) actions," he