Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Victory! BC Government Bans Oil and Gas Development in the Sacred Headwaters



Today, on the day that the 4 year moratorium on oil and gas development in the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers was set to expire, the government of British Columbia announced it had reached an agreement with Shell Oil and First Nations to permanently protect 400,000 acres from oil and gas development. The move is a major victory for First Nations and conservation groups who have struggled for almost a decade to ensure that the three watersheds, globally significant for their intact habitat and salmon populations, are protected permanently from destructive oil and gas extraction. Thanks to everyone who signed petitions, wrote emails, and called the premier's office, victories like there remind us that through our collective voices we can make change, and that while progress may seem frustratingly slow and incremental we can do better for wild fish. 

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