Comment: National Energy Board is failing killer whales

Killer Whale in the Pacific

Chris Genovali , Misty MacDuffee and Paul Paquet / Times Colonist

JUNE 29, 2016

Last month, the National Energy Board recommended approval of Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline and accompanying increase in oil-tanker traffic. The NEB did so knowing this project jeopardizes the survival of the Salish Sea’s endangered southern resident killer whales.

Even without an oil spill, the Trans Mountain expansion poses a serious threat to the southern resident orcas. The evidence submitted by both Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Kinder Morgan shows that deafening noise from increased tanker traffic in the Salish Sea will place the orcas at a high risk of a population decline.

A team of international scientists from Raincoast and multiple research institutions who study killer whale behaviour, ecology, acoustics and population biology examined the effects of increased noise from Kinder Morgan’s oil tankers on the ability of the endangered orcas to sustain and rebuild their current population…

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