A northeastern BC First Nation says it has won a legal battle that will affect future fracking and LNG export plans in the province.
The Fort Nelson First Nation says an Environmental Appeal Board ruling in its favour has effectively cancelled the first long-term water license granted in the Horn River Basin for shale gas fracking.
The license, granted to Nexen in 2012, allowed the oil and gas company to pump millions of cubic metres of water from a small lake in the First Nation’s territory until 2017.
But the Fort Nelson First Nation challenged the license, citing major impacts on the lake, fish, beavers, and surrounding environment.
The Environmental Appeal Board reversed the water license due to serious technical flaws as well as a failure by the provincial government to consult with the First Nation in good faith and consider the potential impacts on the Fort Nelson First Nation.
Chief Liz Logan says the decision sends a clear message to the BC government and oil and gas industry that the liquefied natural gas dream won’t happen at the expense of lakes, rivers, and treaty rights.