All this week, we are running a special series called "Cornering Gas" on Daybreak North. It takes an in-depth look at the shale gas industry and how it's affecting northeastern B.C. and beyond. Daybreak North co-host Robert Doane and CBC news reporter Betsy Trumpener hit the road to meet the people and places at the centre of the controversial industry.
B.C.'s longest commute?
By plane, bus, or helicopter, Fort Nelson's gas field workers have one heck of a commute. Today, we met some of those workers.Transient mother
Most of the workers in Fort Nelson's Horn River area fly in from across B.C. or even Alberta. They'll spend two weeks in camps and then go home. Betsy Trumpener met one woman at the airport for her perspective.
The long and winding road
The Sierra Yoyo Desan is one of British Columbia's busiest resource roads. But for Lecricia Behn-Adin, navigating the white-knuckle ride is all in a day's work. She took Robert Doane along for the ride.
Meet the gas field workers
It's estimated that thousands of transient workers commute by plane and helicopter to the Fort Nelson region. Betsy Trumpener met just a few of them.
Residents ask for road upgrades
Even though the Sierra Yoyo Desan road is the main artery to Fort Nelson's oil and gas industry, it's still gravel and full of potholes. Following a recent fatality, there have been calls for upgrades. Daybreak met with Jim Leavitt, area manager for central interior first aid. He saw the accident's after-effects firsthand.