Success! Shell Blocked from the Sacred Headwaters in BC, Canada

For approximately ten years, activists have diligently worked to protect British Columbia’s Sacred Headwaters. In order to prevent oil corporation Royal Dutch Shell from drilling and fracking, organizers have held protests, concerts, educational outreaches and blockades. Karen, a representative of ForestEthics, even handed the CEO of Shell a dead fish trophy at a shareholder meeting.

The Care2 community has been a part of these efforts, too. With your help, we have sent a petition with 32,720 signatures, as well as an additional 47,599 postcards, to Shell calling for the company to leave the Sacred Headwaters alone.

It is a message with which British Columbia’s government now agrees. Officials have decided to forbid all gas and oil probes in the area on a permanent basis. Tough luck, Shell, looks like you won’t be able to destroy one of Canada’s most beautiful natural habitats in the quest for oil.

This decision will help preserve not only Sacred Headwaters’ land, but also its vulnerable species, including wild salmon, grizzly bears, caribou and stone sheep.

Alas, the activism will still need to continue since coal mines are not yet exempt in this current ban, but the gas and oil stipulations are a wonderful sign of progress and that the government understands the importance of protecting the Sacred Headwaters.

Thanks for all of your help, Care2 members!

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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Kevin, for Sharing this!

Valentina R.
Valentina R.2 years ago

Shell needs to go the frack out of the way!

Adio Ferdiansyah
Adio Ferdiansyah2 years ago

Good.Its a small

Rosemary Rannes
Rosemary Rannes2 years ago

Kudo's to the gov't. of B.C. for doing the right thing by taking a stand with the people, many who are First Nations peoples.

Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara2 years ago

Great news! :D

Cindy Rhodes
Cindy Rhodes2 years ago

thank you all, who have worked so hard toward this outcome, & those who care enough to sign petitions like these!

Betsy Bee
Fiona Ogilvie2 years ago

Congratulations to everyone who did the work of opposing Shell.

Azle B.
Azle B.2 years ago

The Shell station in Bowling Green,KY has four pumps and only one underground tank. the prices vary from the "unleaded" at one end to Premium at the other with nitrogen added. This seems like a fraud to me.

Ro H.
Ro H.2 years ago


Janice P.
Janice Plante2 years ago

Who would have thought.... we CAN have an influence!!!