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Published on : Nov 19, 2013

Many environmental companies agree that worldwide natural gas companies should apply for long-term water licenses. Encana – a British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission and natural gas company is struggling against a lawsuit filed by three environmental groups over the use of water from B.C’s rivers and lakes. 

The suit that was filed on Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court claims that the commission has settled for repeated short-term water licenses. This claim is in violation of the provincial Water Act. 

At Encana, the concerned environmental groups conducted with the official fracking process and extracted a considerable amount of natural gas from different underground reserves. Over the three years, about 880 Olympic swimming pools worth of water has been drawn from the Kiskatinaw River. Kiskatinaw River is the only source of drinking water to the city of Dawson Creek. 

On behalf of the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Committee, Ecojustice filed the lawsuit against the B.C. arguing that the company should have to apply for water licenses. Eoin Madden with the Wilderness Committee says they fear contamination, potential shortages, and the adverse effects that gas development will do to the environment. There are several people and families that live near the gas drilling and fracking environments and are worried about their water issues. However, the main purpose of Ecojustice is to ensure that B.C.’s water is safe and protected from the living environment and the people sustaining around these areas.

Nonetheless, B.C.’s Liberal government has developed a liquefied natural gas industry which could be worth one trillion dollars by 2047, says Premier Christy Clark. According to Clark, the fracking process has been safely accomplished in the respected areas for decades.