Rival territorial claims have erupted into two new lawsuits that seek to limit or prevent project approvals in a Canadian hot spot for natural gas supplies, the Montney Shale in northern British Columbia (BC).

Halfway River First Nation and Doig River First Nation filed the legal actions in Victoria and Vancouver trial courts. Both seek orders for six provincial government ministries to limit or prevent project approvals under a land settlement with Blueberry First Nation.

Halfway, Doig and Blueberry are in the Montney near Fort St. John, 476 miles north of Vancouver. All are neighbors in Treaty 8, a 336,000-square-mile region in BC and Alberta named after an 1899 deal by the Canadian government and 41 native groups.

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