Case: GVM Exploration Limited
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Ethical dilemma faced by the CC
Ethical issue from GVMs Perspective
Conservation of Heritage
Courses of Actions
Filing for Injunction
Do nothing – Let other companies resolve the issue
Sub lease or outsourcing the project
Settle in private
1st step of the solution – Better Communication
2nd step of the solution – Start the Dovik Creek Project
9 3rd step of the solution – Highlight benefits of Project and calm fears over destruction of the environment
Annex C – UCG (Underground Coal Gasification)
To understand and analyses the ethical issues in this case, we first need a good understanding of the facts and problems of this case. The timeline below shows the flow of actions and activities for GVM Ltd and for the Grizzly Valley First Nations (GVFN) group.
a) Does the Central Council (CC) leader have the right to sell off local land resources without the consent of all those in the community? b) Should GVM proceed with the exploration project, with the knowledge that there is dispute within the GVFN group?
Ethical dilemma faced by the CC
To answer this issue our main arguments are based on whether or not the leader is the elected representative of the community? If so, then what rights does he hold as the leader and whether these rights extend to the sale of local land resources without communication of this sale? If he is not the elected representative, then the second question need not be answered. The underlying assumption in this scenario is that the contracts that the leader is entering into are for the benefit of the whole community and not for personal profits.
The CC leader is elected by the bands, and here we assume that it’s based on fair voting by all the 20 CC members, and thus has the right to decide for the community. In other words, the leader that they have elected has the right to decide on their behalf (Libertarianism). Thus just as the bands have the right to pick whom they feel best represent their band in the CC, the same representatives have the right to pick the best CC leader and this leader thus has the right make decision for the GVFN groups, thus giving everyone equal opportunity to express their views (Social Justice, Distributive Justice).
From the CC leader’s perspective, the development of mining will improve the living standard of the bands through job creation and urbanization of the area. This shift could have negative and positive implications but we believe that the effect on the majority are positive (Ethics of Care) and the leader owes care to the majority rather than minority.
The stand that the sale brings about greater benefit for the majority is supported by the fact the Utilitarianism table that shows clearly how the potential benefits of this project outweigh the potential harms from it. The emphasis, again, is based on the fact that the better standard of living for future generations can greatly improve the lifestyles and the cultures of GVFN groups.
However, we also came across possible arguments as to why the leader might not have the right. Even though the elders are minorities of the community, the CC leader should not disregard them during his decision making process and respecting their role, as the Elders of the GVFN groups, should consult them thus respecting their dignity (Kantian Ethics). Also not forgetting that the Elders might not be as adaptable as the younger generation to the fast paced development of grizzly valley (Social Justice, Principle of justice). The Elders should enjoy their rights and no one should suppress them and so they...
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