The Pavilion Band cancelled a scheduled meeting with the provincial government about coalbed methane (CBM) development in Hat Creek. The cancelation sends a message to the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) that they face formidable obstacles in trying to divide and conquer First Nations in order to exploit coalbed methane in Hat Creek.

Despite opposition from the Bonapart Band, MEM was hoping to sign a consultation agreement with some members of the Pavillion Band Council. The St’at’imc Chiefs Council has called a meeting for early in the New Year to discuss CBM in Hat Creek and its impact on the St’at’imc soon to be released land use plan.