Originally Posted by alcanrider
Funny similar thoughts are had regarding coal mines, mostly strip mining. I personally have no problem with any resource developement as long as the environment can be returned to its somewhat original state.
I tend to agree, but that is what was in question with this project, whether a "somewhat original state" was a possible outcome. I not an environmentalist, but this was a 988 000 acre project at the alpine headwaters of 3 of BC's most important salmon rivers. To clarify, it wasn't the 3000 km of roads, 6500 wells, pipelines/compressor stations/etc that were the concern as much as the fracking
, wastewater and contamination of the salmon-bearing rivers. The land will look fine in 100 years (though the alpine tundra takes a lot longer to recover than West Virginia) but they are not making any more salmon rivers. Anyways, several other projects are still underway in the region, but everyone seemed agree this was the wrong place for coal bed methane extraction.
Regardless of the conservation discussion though, I just stumbled on this video and it has some great footage many of the places I rode through last summer.
4000km Cassiar/Spatsizi/Telegraph/Alcan fish and ride here
What you're Missing: a Guide to Side Trips off the Cassiar here
Canada's Best Kept Secret: 500 km from the nearest paved road here