Roads and fracking drill pads slice up the scenery in northeastern BC (2013)
In June 2018, Centre forCPA-BC Resource Policy Analyst Ben Parfitt made a presentation to British Columbia’s Scientific Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel in the context of rising provincial LNG industry and attendant concerns about general health and safety, and specifically the well being of Indigenous Peoples and communities.
Parfitt’s presentation included the following findings:
- at least 92 dams were built in northeast BC without the companies that built them first obtaining the required licences and authorizations.
- a large number of drilled and fracked gas wells in one remote operating area in northeast BC leaked methane gas, potentially contaminating groundwater.
- increased water use at more fracking sites means more earthquakes.
- contrary to the Province’s adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the fracking operations in BC have taken place without the “free, prior and informed consent” of First Nations.