Protecting the Sacred Headwaters from Shell Oil and all gas drilling

In a far northwest corner of British Columbia, the watersheds of three important rivers - the Skeena, the Stikine and the Nass - hold crucial wild salmon habitat, pristine wilderness and deep cultural heritage. When Shell Oil launched plans to drill for coalbed methane, we knew we were in for a high-stakes campaign. We helped mobilize local community members and concerned people from around the world, while collaborating with the First Nations whose territories encompass the headwaters of these three major rivers. Then we brought the powerful message from over 100,000 voices to Shell’s corporate boardrooms in the Netherlands and Canada, and British Columbia’s Legislature. On December 19, 2012, the government of British Columbia permanently banned gas drilling in the Sacred Headwaters.

Our interactive timeline below tells the story of how Stand worked with communities to put an end to Shell’s plans. Because of the courage of the Tahltan Nation to stand up against this development, the communities living along the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine Rivers, downstream from the Sacred Headwaters uniting to protect salmon, and concerned people worldwide adding their voices of opposition, this pristine region is now protected from its plan.

In 2013, Stand was honored to be named along with nine other incredible projects as Tides’ Top Ten for our work in the Sacred Headwaters.