From Pipelines to Dams: Energy Production and B.C.’s Water

What: Online Webinar

Date: September 20th, 2017

Time: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT

Cost: Free

Communities across B.C. experience a range of impacts on their water and watersheds related to energy and resource development. Whether these impacts are the result of pipelines, hydraulic fracturing, liquefied natural gas, mining, hydroelectric facilities, or forestry activities (or the cumulative effects of a mix of these activities), the link between water and energy is clear: Without readily available and abundant water, there is no energy development. Yet, with energy development comes negative impacts on our water.

In this webinar we will hear from three speakers who each bring an important perspective to the ongoing conversation about the “water-energy nexus” in B.C.

Ben Parfitt (Resource Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) will discuss issues related to enforcement and compliance in the mining sector, with a focus on recent controversies around unauthorized dams.

Dr. Gilles Wendling (Founder & Senior Hydrogeologist, GW Solutions) will speak from his experience as a hydrogeologist and frequent collaborator in watershed management and planning initiatives, sharing the story of how hydraulic fracturing has impacted groundwater in northeast B.C.

Finally, Shannon McPhail (Co-Founder and Executive Director, Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition) will provide a boots-on-the-ground community perspective by commenting on the tough realities and trade-offs that rural communities face when big energy development projects move into their watersheds. We’ll hear about some of the projects the SWCC has undertaken in order to support Indigenous communities, better understand the impacts of cumulative effects, and build bridges across sectors to support economic revitalization in the Skeena.