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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Shell methane project in Sacred Headwaters triggers Financial Times ad

September 11, 2007 (Vancouver, BC) – Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and six other international conservation groups are running an advertisement in today’s Financial Times in London, UK, targeting Royal Dutch Shell’s plan for a coalbed methane gas field in northern BC’s Sacred Headwaters.

The ad features protesters at a First Nations road blockade and the headline, “This time it’s Canada.”

“Shell’s European executives and the British Columbian government need to know the world is watching their actions in the Sacred Headwaters,” said Lisa Matthaus with Sierra Club of Canada, one of the ad signatories. “If Shell pushes ahead with its plan to drill for gas in the Sacred Headwaters, they will face an escalating international campaign.”

The Sacred Headwaters is the shared birthplace of three of BC’s most important wild salmon rivers: the Skeena, Nass and Stikine. It is also home to grizzly bears, caribou, wolves and stone sheep.

Last month, members of the Tahltan First Nation blockaded the main access road into the Sacred Headwaters, preventing Shell from resuming its drilling program. Shell applied for a court injunction against the blockade, but later postponed its application.

On August 31, hundreds of concerned citizens in Vancouver and Smithers protested Shell’s coal bed methane project in the Sacred Headwaters.

For more information, contact:

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Or call

Lisa Matthaus, Sierra Club BC: (250) 888-6267

Will Horter, Dogwood Initiative: (250) 370-9930

Merran Smith, ForestEthics: (250) 847-5869

David MacKinnon, Rivers Without Borders:

(867) 668-5098

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