Hundreds rally against Shell in Vancouver and Smithers, judge postpones hearing

Hundreds of people rallied in Vancouver and Smithers today to voice their opposition to Royal Dutch Shell’s plan for a coalbed methane field in the Sacred Headwaters, the shared birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers.

The Vancouver rally was held outside the courtroom where Shell was trying to obtain an injunction against the Tahltan blockade of their coalbed methane project.

–Today’s rallies show there is there is strong and growing opposition to Shell’s proposed project,” said Shannon McPhail, Executive Director of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition. –We intend to continue and expand our efforts to let the world know how important this area is.”

Dr. David Suzuki spoke at the Vancouver rally, along with Oscar Dennis from the Tahltan First Nation and Geoff Senichenko from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee.

The Smithers rally included attendance from the Gitxsan, Wet’suwet’en, Haisla, and Tahltan First Nations. Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen joined First Nations leaders and others in speaking out against Shell’s proposed project.

In the Vancouver courtroom, the judge granted Shell’s request to postpone the hearing. A future hearing will be held in Prince Rupert or Terrace.

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Contact: Shannon McPhail: (250) 842-2494; cell (250 ) 842-8738