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Map from Drive BC with details of profile features added
REPORTING · 1st February 2011
Merv Ritchie
Drive BC is introducing a new website featuring an interactive map similar to Google Earth. Go to it by clicking here. Scrolling with the mouse zooms in to get a closer view of a highway region or out to get an overview. Holding the left mouse button down and moving the mouse drags the entire map in the direction you move the mouse so you can see any region of the province with ease. The map features scroll over functionality quickly displaying the road conditions highlighted by an icon on the map. This is a great new upgrade and it offers some even more exciting opportunities to explore.

The map can be viewed in three options, Road, Aerial or Hybrid (a combo of the two). As Road, the default image presented when the map is first opened, the image is crisp and clean showing only the highways, townships and the rivers. Of course the map also displays icons on locations where a highway condition is noteworthy. This makes it very easy to navigate. Interestingly the map is very precise. The numerous townships displayed are not as stunning as the details of the rivers and the tributaries.

Since 2007 the Terrace Daily News has been assisting in the promotion to protect the health of the Skeena River. In 2010 we discovered the major rivers, which all have as their source the Klappan and the Spatsizi Plateau, form the image of a profile. After searching for dozens of hours to locate a good clear image of the rivers without confusing terrain or other obscuring images we discovered only one. Today Drive BC has produced an even better map. It is a spectacular map which allows one to zoom in and out to see first the entire profile of a face looking east and then in as close as one wants to see the minute streams which all feed into the Nass, the Skeena and the Klappan rivers (which feed into the Stikine). The small lake we describe in the “Sacred Circle” write-up as “twinkling like the flash of wisdom from an elders eye” can be seen at the beginning of and shared by both the Nass River and the Klappan River, right next to the Skeena River.

Looking at all the little streams feeding into these rivers it is easy to see how any pollution would quickly ruin all of the regions major rivers and all the associated life that depends on clean water. Along with this article is a map produced by Royal Dutch Shell showing the area they have detailed for their Coalbed Gas extraction plans. This covers the entire area of the source of water for all the rivers. It is also the area Fortune Minerals plans to set up a Coal mine. The reason of course is because of all the coal reserves located there. Shell wishes to extract the methane to sell as gas and Fortune wants to sell the coal. Shell will be using a method called “Fracing” (fracturing) to explode and break-up the underground Coal seams to release the gas. Hundreds of wells will be drilled and many heavy toxic chemicals and explosive materials will be pumped down into the wells to perform this task. Shell described the process at Terrace City Council on November 26, 2007. Read the report on this presentation by clicking here.

The problem with both of these plans and any other plan to disturb this sensitive area is as simple as looking at a Brita water filter or at an aquarium. It is the coal that filters the water. The only question left is, “Are you smarter than (or as smart as) a fifth grader?”

An earlier write up featuring the full description of the discovery of the profile and the concept along with the production of shirts displaying the Sacred Circle can be found by following this link.

Tee Shirts with the Sacred Circle Logo are available exclusively from Gemma's in Terrace.
Details to be aware of.  All of the clean fresh water feeding all life in the northwest comes from this single spot.  And who wants to do what with it? Map source; Drive BC
Details to be aware of. All of the clean fresh water feeding all life in the northwest comes from this single spot. And who wants to do what with it? Map source; Drive BC
From Fortune Minerals, a map of their Coal fields
From Fortune Minerals, a map of their Coal fields
A map showing the Coalbed methane region from Shell Canada during a Terrace City Council presentation on their plans in the Klappan.
A map showing the Coalbed methane region from Shell Canada during a Terrace City Council presentation on their plans in the Klappan.
A drawing of the First Nations Crests of the region in a circle surrounding the major rivers of the area.  Drawn by Henry Kelly - T-Shirts with this drawing are available at Gemma's in Terrace
A drawing of the First Nations Crests of the region in a circle surrounding the major rivers of the area. Drawn by Henry Kelly - T-Shirts with this drawing are available at Gemma's in Terrace