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Opposition to Mining in Sacred Headwaters Ramps Up

The opposition to Shell Canada’s plans to explore for coal-bed methane in the headwaters of the Nass, Skeena, and Stikine Rivers ramped up this past weekend. A rally in Hazelton (Gitksan territory) attracted four hundred opponents to Shell’s drilling project. I suspect the pressure on Shell will continue to grow throughout the summer despite the […]

‘Sacred Headwaters’ on Endangered Rivers List

The headwaters of the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine Rivers has made the annual list of endangered rivers. The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC does the ranking and lists the headwaters at #6 because of the possibility of coal-bed methane mining. (The Upper Pitt River in southwestern BC is #1; it is threatened by a power […]

New York Media on the Sacred Headwaters

New York-based Epoch Times has picked up the story of the ‘sacred headwaters’ in northwestern British Columbia. The new information (to me anyway) coming from the story is that Shell has sued Tahltan three elders for loss of income. The Klabona Keepers, the society protesting development in the headwaters, has in turn sued Shell for […]

Wade Davis on the Sacred Headwaters

Wade Davis makes a passionate plea in the Globe and Mail for the protection from mining of the Sacred Headwaters near Iskut, British Columbia: The people of the Sacred Headwaters, the men and women of the Iskut First Nation who have rallied against these developments, have a very different way of thinking about the land. […]

Two Year Moratorium on Klappan Coal Bed Methane

The British Columbia government has announced a two year moratorium on exploring for coal bed methane in the Klappan (Sacred Headwaters) of northwest BC. Not surprisingly, the Tahltan express pleasure with the announcement. The Canadian Press reports that Shell and the Tahltan reached the moratorium (together, presumably?). Sphere: Related Content

Political Consensus Opposes Drilling in Klappan

The Terrace Standard reports that Nathan Cuthen’s (NDP) victory in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding in the recent federal election was partly the result of his association with anti-coal bed methane drilling in the Klappan. Consensus among candidates against drilling appears to exist in the region. But, it seems that Cullen was better than other candidates […]

Hume On Mining and Conflict in NW BC

Mark Hume has written a substantial article in the Globe and Mail outlining the history of resource development in northwestern BC (or here via Native News North). The article comes on the heels of the Union of BC Municipalities publicly opposing coal bed gas drilling and coal mining in the Klappan (Sacred Headwaters). It is […]

Safeway in Smithers Has Wifi — and Other Gems from N. BC

Northern Vancouver Island Highway Sign Originally uploaded by TFM I’m back from ten days of driving and camping around northern BC with my family. A few observations and points of note: Safeway in Smithers has free wifi. It provided useful when my celphone died and I was able to Skype from the parking lot. The […]

Shell’s Exploration Efforts Curtailed in Northwestern BC

After blocking Royal Dutch Shell’s access to their hunting grounds on August 21, Tahltan elders have won a temporary court victory. Shell has postponed their injunction application indefinitely. This is the third summer in a row that Shell has tried to move into the Klappan region of northwestern BC. They own the permits to explore […]

British Columbia Becoming the new Nigeria?

The Dogwood Initiative has posted a video on Youtube about Shell’s exploration and development in northwestern British Columbia. It makes comparisons between Shell’s poor environmental and human rights track record in Nigeria and potential destruction of what Tahltan people call the Sacred Headwaters (the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass, Spatsizi, and Stikine Rivers). The video […]