Nelson River is the lifeblood of my community - the
Fort Nelson First Nation. It's where we hunt and fish. It connects
our villages. Our burial grounds are on its banks. The river has
given us a cultural and spiritual connection to our land for untold
centuries, but now it's at risk of being drained by
billions of litres.
at Encana Corporation are pressuring Premier Clark to
give them the right to take 3-billion litres of fresh water every
year from the river to be used for shale gas fracking
-- without consulting my community who depend on the
river, or without any environmental assessment.
Encana's license is
only the beginning. 8 more major oil and gas companies
are now requesting similar licenses amounting to trillions of
litres -- the consequences of this could be
devastating for the river.
We don't think our
request is unreasonable. Taking trillions of liters of water and
blasting it deep underground at high pressure to release shale gas
without properly studies seems irresponsible. Other provinces like
Quebec have taken responsible steps to assess the human and
environmental impacts of fracking. New York has even banned
For the Cree and
Dene of the Fort Nelson First Nation
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