How about that Horn River Basin
"Exxon is most encouraged by the exploration of 250,000 acres it has leased in the Horn River Basin, in northern British Columbia. Mr. Cejka said results from the first four wells lead the company ..."
Yeah but, who owns that?
"Surface, or ground level rights, are part of the bundle of rights held in fee simple ownership and involve the right to use and alter the land's surface. The rights to own subsurface minerals, including oil, are fractional rights that may be severed from title and sold separately. Mineral rights are usually held by the Crown and fall under provincial and territorial jurisdictions.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources grants mining leases and crown land leases and manages the database that records changes in rights ownership in that province."
Earlier in this article though, it pointed out that Canadians were thrilled to get a "pumper" on their property - they get a whopping $5,000 (canadian) to have one of these placed on "their" land.
So rather than going into the local communities these funds go towards fox hunts, the finest china and a terrible healthcare system?