Saving the Last Great Wilderness

In her exclusive People and Planet guest blog, Summer Rayne Oakestalks to Virgin about filming in the Sacred Headwaters of British Columbia.

Just weeks before Promised Land hit theatres a film starring Matt Damon that delves into the social, environmental and political maelstrom around hydraulic fracturing (fracking) an eight-year campaign to prevent methane gas exploration across a million acres within the headwaters of the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass Rivers of British Columbia came to a close.

Last month, on the 18th of December 2012, Shell Canada relinquished its tenure to explore for natural gas in the Sacred Headwaters and announced that it will immediately withdraw from the region. The hard-fought tripartite agreement between the British Columbia government, the Tahltan Central Council and Shell has come at a time when leasing private land for natural gas is at an all-time high.

This past summer I had the pleasure of traveling north with Above Live and my friend Clayton Haskell to interview Wade Davis and Tahltan leader Oscar Dennis about one of the last great wildernesses of the world. You can check out the film, Beyond the Wild

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