The band’s population is small at around 800, but its territory is about the size of New Brunswick and contains three of B.C.’s four shale-gas reserves: the Horn River, Liard and Cordova Basins.
The Globe says even if only a handful of the proposed LNG plants are built on the B.C. north coast, the Chief expects a six-fold increase in exploration, drilling, and fracking activity. It adds the First Nation anticipates current environmental impacts will include a loss of groundwater, air pollution from three gas plants, and damage from nearly 80,000 kilometres of seismic cut lines.
The paper quotes Chief Gale as saying her band is seeking a balanced, solutions-based approach between environmental protection and job creation. Specifically, the band wants a portion of shale gas royalties, not unlike a condition the Premier has demanded for allowing new pipelines to take Alberta oil to the coast.
The article cites her exact words as ,“We want world-class partnerships to go with those world-class resources.”
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