September 20 2012 » » The Cleanest Line - Patagonia
The Sacred Headwaters - By Paul Colangelo
In a remote mountainous region of northern British Columbia lies the Sacred Headwaters, the shared birthplace of three of British Columbia’s most important salmon rivers, the Stikine, Skeena and Nass. It supports one of the largest predator-prey ecosystems in North America, and it is the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation. Largely unprotected, numerous proposed mining developments now threaten the water, wildlife and culture of this land.
The largest proposed development is Shell’s coal bed methane (CBM) project. In its tenure of nearly a million acres in the heart of the Sacred Headwaters, Shell would extract methane gas using the water-intensive fracking process, which would risk contaminating and altering the water levels in the headwaters. A maze of roads and pipelines would connect the wellheads, fracturing the now pristine wildlife habitat.
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[The Stikine River flows in the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, Stikine Plateau, British Columbia.] - Paul Colangelo
[A Wet’suwet’en man gaffs salmon in the Bulkley River, British Columbia.] - Paul Colangelo