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Coalbed Methane and Salmon (fact sheet)Trial or Error?

Published May 15, 2008 by Jaisel Vadgama

Coalbed methane (CBM) development has been proposed for Northwest British Columbia's Headwaters region, where three of the province's most important wild salmon rivers, the Skeena, Nass and Stikine, begin. If development proceeds, it would be the first time commercial coalbed methane production has been attempted in salmon-bearing watersheds. This fact sheet summarizes the primary ways CBM extraction could affect salmon and salmon habitat. It also outlines three principles for effective CBM regulations that would address risks to salmon and other concerns.

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