Saturday, August 28, 2010

Belugas with Oil

On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the creation of a protected area in the Beaufort Sea for belugas. Congratulations! This is a great gesture.. However, oil companies will be able to drill right outside the sanctuary. This, of course, makes no sense whatsoever. If there is an oil spill, the oil will cross right into the conservation area. The oil knows no human lines. It will not stop belugas from dying. This is another cover-up by the Harper government to make it look like they are protecting the environment when they are doing the opposite.
New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen said allowing an exception for offshore drilling defeats the purpose of creating a protected area. "This is a protected area that protects nothing except oil and gas interests," said Cullen.
Even if drilling takes place in territory outside the protected area, there's the risk that an oil spill could drift into the area and affect the beluga habitat, he added. "It's some insane notion that we can draw a line in the water and drill right beside it."
Read more at the Montreal Gazette.

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