BC bans oil and gas exploration in northern aboriginal territory – Calgary Herald

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012552 Views

DECEMBER 18, 2012

VICTORIA — The B.C. government has banned oil and gas exploration in an area of northern B.C. that was the scene of anti-development protests by First Nations members seven years ago.

The province has announced a deal with Shell Canada and the Tahltan Central Council under which Shell is withdrawing plans to explore for natural gas in a region known as the Klappan at the confluence of the Stikine, Nass and Skeena Rivers.

In 2005, some members of the Tahltan were arrested during protests against exploration in the area, which the First Nation calls the Sacred Headwaters.

In addition to giving up its petroleum tenures, Shell will build a new water recycling project to support its gas development elsewhere in B.C., which will be funded by $20 million in royalty credits from the provincial government.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/bans+exploration+northern+aboriginal+territory/7715974/story.html#ixzz2FVfJ1z6L

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