In this 4-part series, Caleb Behn examines conflict and environmental degradation associated with natural gas extraction in Treaty 8 in northeastern BC which sits atop the second largest hydrocarbon deposit in the world. Mr. Behn discusses the ramifications of a number of threatening factors: a dramatic increase in hydraulic fracturing (“Fracking”) and companion toxic-chemical sites, a sharp decrease in wildlife populations and increased seismic activity. He outlines how the incorporation of Indigenous legal traditions could lead to more responsible resource development and ensure the health and well-being of First Nations and others who depend on a healthy environment. Caleb Behn, J.D. is Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne Za/Cree from the Treaty 8 Territory of northeastern BC. This talk was videotaped on February 28, 2013.
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