British Columbia Bans Oil and Gas Exploration in Sacred Headwaters

The government of British Colombia has confirmed and announced the prohibition of the development of oil and gas in the region of the Sacred Headwaters located in the northwest part of the province.

As part of the terms in a tripartite deal, Shell Canada is abandoning its plans for oil and gas exploration in the Klappan as soon as possible by giving up its tenures (leases), according to a released statement of the B.C government.

Aside from not allowing any exploration of oil and gas, B.C. will not give tenure for the region’s natural gas and petroleum in the future.

A ban on oil drilling and exploration in the area, that was bound  to last for four years, is about to expire very soon.

Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition’s Executive Director Shannon McPhail said that the recent announcement of the government is a welcomed relief.

The Executive Director told reporters that she does not know how to even describe what they are presently feeling about the latest announcement of the government to ban oil and gas exploration in the region. They had been working on this for a very long time, almost a decade, and that is why she and the rest of the coalition consider this a big win for them.

The ban has prohibited Shell Canada from any oil exploration and drilling activities in the region. That specific area is home to three river headwaters. The Skeena, Stikine and Nass are known as rich habitats of salmon.

By: Chris Termeer

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