Shell Faces Opposition to Canada Methane Operations, Globe Says

Shell Faces Opposition to Canada Methane Operations, Globe Says
By Ben Farey

July 9 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc is facing opposition in western Canada to its coalbed methane exploration, the Globe & Mail reported, citing a local official.

Municipal councils in the British Columbia towns of Smithers and Prince Rupert have passed a resolution calling for an immediate halt to coalbed methane exploration in the region for environmental reasons, the Toronto-based newspaper cited Smithers Mayor Jim Davidson as saying.

The resolution calls for Shell to immediately suspend exploration and enter into a ``comprehensive consultation’‘ with local residents until there is ``compelling evidence’‘ the region’s rivers won’t be affected, the Globe & Mail said.

Coalbed methane is natural gas found in coal seams.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Farey in London at bfarey@bloomberg.net