Protect the St. Lawrence belugas: their future depends on it.
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Beluga whales, charming marine mammals with skin as white as snow, are the only resident cetaceans inhabiting the St. Lawrence River year-round. Today, fewer than 900 beluga whales are found in the river’s waters, making it an endangered species under the Species at Risk Act. Despite the population decline, the federal government has failed to designate and protect habitat critical to their survival.
A new threat looms over belugas as TransCanada Corporation plans to build a pipeline to export oil from the tar sands, with an oil port in Cacouna, at the heart of the habitat deemed essential to the survival of this species. The expert scientific advice is unanimous: this project could deliver a fatal blow to the river’s beluga whales. Worse, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has authorized preparatory work for seismic surveys and marine drilling during the critical months of May and June, when belugas give birth.
It is urgent to stop this work and to tell the federal government and TransCanada Corporation that we are not willing to risk the survival of this iconic species for the purpose of transporting tar sands oil.
Write now to Fisheries Minister Gail Shea to voice your objection to the proposed oil port project in Cacouna and to demand protection of the habitat deemed essential to the survival of beluga whales.
This action is a joint initiative between the David Suzuki Foundation and Greenpeace Canada.
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