They say the noxious fumes are causing health problems like chronic coughing and chest pains. A grain farmer in the area told the CBC that they are unprepared should there ever be a well blowout, with no detection equipment or anything to protect them.

Their demand for government action is being supported by medical health officials. Dr. Charl Badenhorst of the Northern Health Authority says he wants the government to track B.C.’s gas fields to determine whether they pose any health risks. He says there may be further people or animals in the area who are sick from chemicals in the air or water.

Requests by the CBC for comment from B.C.’s Ministry of Energy and Mines were declined, but they said the province hopes to have an update soon.