10/01/2013 01:15 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

First Nations chief issues eviction notice to SWN Resources

The Chief of the Elsipogtog First Nation delivered an eviction notice to SWN Resources Canada Tuesday, as dozens of protesters continue to block Route 134 in Rexton to prevent the oil and gas company from moving its exploration equipment.

"We have been compelled to act to save our water, land and animals from ruin," said Chief Arren Sock to cheers from the crowd.

"Be it therefore resolved, at a duly convened council meeting in Elsipogtog, let it be known to all that we, as a chief and council of Elsipogtog are reclaiming all unoccupied reserve lands, and put it back in the trust of our people," he said.

A Department of Energy and Mines spokesperson told CBC News exploration will continue.

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