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First Nation sues over oil spill on Wabamun Lake

The Paul First Nation of Alberta filed a $775 million damage claim for an oil spill last summer on Wabamun Lake.

The First Nation says the lake was irreversibly damaged when 43 CN Rail cars derailed and dumped an estimated 700,000 to 800,000 liters (185,000 to 211,000 gallons) of oil and other toxic chemicals. Chief Daniel Paul said the spill has wrecked his people's main source of water, food, culture and economic development.

"This is our home. Our people live here forever, we have nowhere else to go. Now, because of CN, we may have lost everything," he said at a press conference, CBC News reported.

The damage claim seeks $505 million from CN Rail, $200 million from the Canadian government and $70 million from Alberta.

Get the Story:
First Nation launches $775M suit over oil spill at Alberta lake (CBC 2/7)
First Nation files multimillion-dollar suit over Wabamun spill (CBC 2/7)
Aboriginal band sues CN over oil spill from derailment near Lake Wabamun (CP 2/7)
Paul band seeks $775 M for Wabamun spill (The Edmonton Journal 2/7)