Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sacred Headwaters Drilling Moratorium Expires in 5 Days

The Sacred Headwaters of three of North Americas most important salmon rivers, the Skeena, Nass and Stikine, are under threat again from coal bed methane drilling. In 2004 Shell Oil was granted a tenure by the BC government to drill in the region, however following massive local opposition the BC government granted a 4 year moratorium on Shell's development of the gas tenure. Now that moratorium is set to expire on December 18th, threatening the future of three of the most productive and diverse salmon watersheds on the planet, and the culture and economy they sustain. Coal bed methane extraction in the Sacred Headwaters would bring massive industiralization into one of the most remote, pristine regions of British Columbia. 

The gas is extracted using fracking an extremely water intensive process that would not sap water from the vital headwaters of these three systems, but would pump toxic fracking fluid into the groundwater. All told the project would produce millions of gallons of waste water per year, water that will have devastating effects on fish and wildlife in the Sacred Headwaters. 

The bottom line is THIS CANNOT happen. Fracking has never been done in a salmon bearing watershed and this isn't the place to start. First Nations and other residents in the region have been adamant that this project will not go forward, but they need our support. Please take a few minutes to sign the online petition from Forest Ethics:

and email BC Premier Christy Clark to let her know you oppose drilling in the Sacred Headwaters

More information at the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition's website:

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