Coalbed methane development permanently banned from headwaters of major
VANCOUVER, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The B.C. government announced today
that Shell would be withdrawing plans to develop coalbed methane in the
Klappan-Groundhog tenure area in northwest British Columbia. The
government will also not issue oil and gas tenures in the area in the
"Eight years ago, northern B.C. communities joined together to say 'no'
to coalbed methane and 'yes' to wild salmon," said Skeena Watershed
Conservation Coalition executive director Shannon McPhail. "Today is an
incredible day for residents of the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine
watersheds. We are grateful and proud that First Nations and
communities from the watersheds came and stood together. The B.C.
government and Shell deserve recognition for listening to these
communities and making a decision that will protect salmon cultures and
Known as the Sacred Headwaters, the region became the source of
controversy when Shell drilled three test wells in the area. Blockades
and public rallies resulted in the Province imposing a moratorium on
CBM development in 2008, which expires today.
"Shell has backed away from a project only a handful of times. The
powerful, relentless movement led by the courageous Tahltan and
supported by nearly 100,000 people from around the world has not only
stopped Shell, but persuaded the B.C. government to permanently protect
the region from any further gas development," said ForestEthics
Advocacy senior conservation campaigner Karen Tam Wu. "It's an
inspiring day when communities in northern B.C. can stand up to one of
the largest oil companies in the world and win. Congratulations to the
Tahltan, and to the citizens and government of British Columbia."
ForestEthics Advocacy is a non-profit society devoted to public
engagement, outreach and environmental advocacy — including political
advocacy. We secure large-scale protection of endangered forests and
wild places and transform environmentally destructive
resource-extraction industries. Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition
is a non-profit society focused on cultivating a sustainable economy
rooted in culture and a thriving wild salmon ecosystem. As residents of
the region, we advocate for community-based decision-making regarding
large industrial projects.
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