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When a small native band in British Columbia launched an online petition to oppose increased water use by the gas industry, it was hoping for 500 signatures.

A month later, the Fort Nelson First Nation has nearly 24,000 signatories on the petition and letter to government posted on Change.org under the heading “Don’t Give Away Our Fresh Water for Fracking.”

 

A First Nation in northeastern B.C. is demanding the provincial government take more precautions before awarding water licences to companies for natural gas fracking.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial practice that involves injecting water deep into the earth to extract shale gas. In order to break the rock and free the gas trapped inside of it, companies inject a combination of water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure.

Sharleen Wildeman, chief of the Fort Nelson First Nation, said her band has grown alarmed at the growing needs of the gas industry, which draws water from streams, lakes and rivers. The water is mixed with sand and chemicals in a slurry that is injected deep under ground. The process, known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking, breaks up shale structures and releases gas deposits.

Here are some time series videos of permit data relating to Oil and Gas developments in the Fort Nelson First Nation Territory from 2004-2012.

Industry Activity timeline 2004-2012

Fort Nelson Lands - Industry Activity Timeline.

 

Water Withdrawl 2004-2012

A First Nation in northeastern B.C. is demanding the provincial government take more precautions before awarding water licences to companies for natural gas fracking.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial practice that involves injecting water deep into the earth to extract shale gas. In order to break the rock and free the gas trapped inside of it, companies inject a combination of water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure.

Leaders of Fort Nelson First Nation from northeast BC are coming to Vancouver to share their concerns over 20 new long-term water withdrawal licenses the BC Liberal Government is considering issuing for shale gas operations in their traditional territory.

 

Media Release

BC fracking and shale gas development challenged

First Nation land use plan aims for responsible development in NE BC

June 27, 2012 - Fort Nelson, BC

Fracking, shale gas extraction and other heavy industry in northeastern BC must stop wantonly impacting First Nation lives and rights, under a new land use plan adopted by the Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN).

The Peace and Dignity Journey will make a it's first stop in BC, here at Fort Nelson First Nation. The Journey is from Chickaloon, Alaska to Guatemala. They leave Chickaloon May 1st by foot. Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Department will be awaiting their arrival in mid-May and will join them for a portion of their Journey in support of this event held every four years.

Gasland is an interesting documentary outlining the environmental and social issues that are associated with the natural gas industry, horizontal fracturing in particular. The film's director, Josh Fox, documents the controversial actions and operations of a select few natural gas companies in the United States. The film is extremely thought-provoking and has caused quite an uproar against energy companies in the United States. Check out the movie's trailer!

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