First Nation pressures to realize promise of geothermal 'gift' in B.C. northeast

Chief Sharleen Gale

For decades, the natural gas pumped from the previously rich reservoir at Clarke Lake always came up with a lot of hot, briny water that now Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Sharleen Gale looks on as “a gift from our ancestors.” A gift of geothermal power to displace the gas-fired electricity the region relies on, of heat to warm greenhouses and boost food security in a place notorious for high-priced groceries, and a source of diversified economic development for people usually tied to boom-and-bust resource industries.

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