Breaking News: Oil, gas development banned in B.C’s Sacred Headwaters

Photo: Brian Huntington

The British Columbia government has confirmed a ban on oil and gas development in the Sacred Headwaters region of northwestern B.C; a huge success for Conservation Alliance grantee Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.

"There are no words to even describe how we're feeling about this right now," Shannon McPhail, the executive director of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, said after hearing the annoucement.

"This has been a long road of 10 years of working on this and I think it has been a huge victory."

The moratorium will prevent Shell Canada from doing exploratory drilling in the area, which is home to the headwaters of three salmon-bearing rivers: the Skeena, Nass and Stikine.

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