What is the government of Canada doing to protect the Southern Resident killer whales? The threat to these killer whales has not changed. Misty Macduffee, Raincoast Conservation Foundation Biologist & Program Director, explains in early May to Adam Sterling at CFAX 1070 how the overlapping risks to the Southern Resident killer whales have not been addressed by any action of the federal government.
“The issue with Kinder Morgan is that everyone agreed – both the National Energy Board and Kinder Morgan- that the increase in shipping traffic, alone, would have a significant, adverse… and not mitigable, impact on Southern Resident killer whales. The way the National Energy Board got around this is by ending the project in Burnaby. They said ‘this project ends at tidewater and no longer includes marine impacts.’ Because the Species at Risk Act is inconvenient to the Federal Government, they decided they would no longer include marine effects.”
- Oil tankers: a killer for whales
- Feds’ fisheries announcement a welcome first step: groups renew call for killer whale emergency order
- National Energy Board’s failure haunts governments
- A killer whale emergency
- Save the whales: emergency order needed now
- Petition for an Emergency Order for the Southern Resident Killer Whales under s. 80 of the Species at Risk Act (PDF)
- Groups urge federal government to protect Southern Resident killer whales with emergency order
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