Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Sacred Headwaters Are Safe!!!
Oh happy day. The good guys won, and won big.
I have only spent a week in that area of the world but was deeply touched by the rugged beauty of the land and rivers that encompass the Skeena Watershed. Fishing aside, there's a quality and richness about it that is undeniable.
I awoke this morning with emails coming from my host on the Skeena, Shannon Mcphail with the announcement that a decision had come down and she and all that have worked tirelessly to stand up to Dutch Royal Shell all had their dancing shoes on.
The Sacred Headwaters are now protected into perpetuity.
This is the culmination of a decade of defiance of government and a MAJOR gas and oil company by as Shannon puts it "a rag tag bunch of hooligans" It's inspiring to hear the news, it's inspiring to get to know the people who really in no uncertain terms, did the unthinkable.
I would be remiss to mention that non of this could have happened without the coordinated efforts of the Tahltan Nation. The Sacred Headwaters is the birthplace of their clan and tribes, and without their rock solid stance...nothing would have gone as far as it did
This decision gets me thinking.....
Could this be the precedence that is needed to shut down the proposed Pebble Mine, as well as the Enbridge Pipeline?
We need gas. We need oil. But there are places that should be left alone, forever.
Learn more about this decision at www.skeenawatershed.com