Great news: Shell has withdrawn from the Sacred Headwaters, and there's now a permanent ban on gas and oil development in the region
High in the alpine meadows of northwest British Columbia, lies the Sacred Headwaters, the shared birthplace of three of North America's greatest wild salmon rivers--the Skeena, Stikine and Nass. This vast, pristine landscape, territory of the Tahltan First Nation, is home to rich populations of grizzly bears, caribou and mountain goats. It is the place where creation stories originate for First Nations like the Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Haisla and Haida.
It is a paradise that was once in peril, threatened by Royal Dutch Shell’s quest for profit. Shell's plan to drill for coalbed methane in the region posed a direct threat to wild salmon, wildlife and the culture and livelihoods of First Nations and other downstream communities.
But thanks to the courage of the Tahltan Nation, the communities downstream from the Sacred Headwaters, and concerned people worldwide who stood up to Shell and raised their voices to the government of British Columbia, this pristine region is now protected from Shell’s coalbed methane drilling for good.
While local community members fearlessly, tirelessly said ‘no’ to Shell’s plan, ForestEthics Advocacy and over 75,000 people amplified their opposition. We are grateful that the government of British Columbia permanently protected this sacred place from gas drilling, and stopped Shell’s destructive plan. Get the inside scoop on this campaign and its path to victory in our new interactive timeline.