comment: rethink approval process for oil, gas developments - speedy dry oil absorbent
When the provincial government set up the oil and gas commission in 1998, it did more than just open up a "one-
Stop shopping for the rapid approval of the oil and gas industry;
It also caused a collision between BC and the first nation.
The consequences of the collision process are more obvious every day, and most obvious in a potential precedent --
Civil action initiated by the first nation of the Blueberry River, whose territory covers the northeast B. C.
The most abundant gas project is The Moni basin.
The first country sued the province because
The suspension of approval laid the foundation for a significant reduction in hunting, trapping and fishing machine meetings.
Rapid development of natural gas industry infrastructure
Fracturing gas wells, pipelines, compressor stations and roads-
Crush the territory of the first country into pieces and no longer support the Fish and Wildlife they once supported.
These effects, coupled with other industrial incursions, mean three
All BRFN territories are only 250 metres away from one or another industrial disturbance in the quarter.
"Before the oil and gas development, I was able to hunt across the territory," BRFN member Wayne Yahey said in his 2016 affidavit in support of civil proceedings in his country, which was tried on March 2018. “Not anymore.
I spent 18 days in the jungle last summer.
I rode 98 miles.
I don't see a moose.
Since Yahey's affidavit, BRFN members have learned about further attacks on their traditional lands.
Dozens of large earth dams were built in their territory, apparently under the knowledge of the oil and gas commission, but the energy companies that did not build them were first given the proper authorization.
Chris tollefsson, professor of environmental law at the University of Victoria, paid attention to legal developments and characterized the upcoming case as "a conflict between rights protected by the Constitution under the treaty, and the time when the provincial government allowed a gradual denial of these rights to fail.
"BRFN is not alone in this battle.
In the north, the first nation of Fort Nelson has successfully used courts and provincial courts to suspend water permits obtained by a gas company and at least temporarily suspend them, some mining projects first conduct provincial environmental assessments without mining proposals.
Clearly, there is a need to rethink thoroughly how to review and approve industry development in the region --
In doing so, place the first nation firmly in the driver's seat instead of pushing them to the edge, with no choice but to roll out expensive time
The challenge of the consumer court.
Happily, there are some examples of what the new approach might bring.
The most important example is that in the Haida Gawa islands, after years of strong resistance to destructive industrial logging practices, the members of the Haida State received a firm agreement on "co-operation"
Work with the federal government to manage the "Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage.
This landmark agreement paved the way for another cooperation.
Management Agreement of Haida Company
Together with the provincial government, manage forest resources in the northern islands.
There is every reason to follow this model in Area B of Northeast China. C.
Determine the development, location or manner of the energy industry on treaty land by granting First Nations power.
Such a system requires other related reforms, including requiring energy companies to say where they intend to operate before the operation begins.
Such reforms have set a precedent in the rules that used to govern logging companies in the province.
It also needs new zoning rules that declare the company "no.
Areas that the company cannot operate and other areas that impose strict restrictions on natural gas mining.
This type of reform has an inference in the Great Bear Rainforest agreement, which includes the signing of a wide range of First Nations --off.
There is also a reform requirement that companies that use large amounts of water for industrial purposes pay more for the water they use.
The use of fees will encourage protection and provide funds that can be used to complete long-term tasks
Study on expired water
As the lawsuit filed by BRFN slowly moves towards an important date for court proceedings next year, it is long overdue to repair a broken system and in B. C.
Ben Parfitt is a resource policy analyst at B. C.
Office of Canada's policy replacement center, author of fracking, First Nations and water: respecting indigenous rights and better protecting our shared resources.