Fresh Ideas: How Fort Nelson First Nation successfully challenged Nexen's fracking water license

In September 2015, the British Columbia government took back a water license it had granted to Nexen Inc in 2012 for shale gas fracking in the northeast of the province. The BC Environmental Appeal Board ruled that not only was the BC government's original licensing decision based on fundamentally flawed science, but that it also "acted in bad faith when it did not properly consult with the Fort Nelson First Nation, breaching a constitutional duty to consider potential adverse effects of the water licence."

What can the freshwater community learn from this case? Are we likely to see other First Nation governments challenging water licenses in the future? And how might a strong BC Water Sustainability Act impact future water licensing decisions?

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at this historic decision and its implications for future challenges with James Tate & Nathan Hume of Ratcliff & Company, counsel for the Fort Nelson First Nation. 

This webinar is part of the Canadian Freshwater Allliance's "Fresh Ideas" series which highlights success stories and innovative ideas in freshwater protection and advocacy across the country.

FREE webinar! Wednesday, November 25th, 10-11 AM Pacific/1-2 PM Eastern.


November 25, 2015 at 10am - 11am
Susi Porter-Bopp ·

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