Protect the St. Lawrence belugas: their future depends on it.

Crédit: Kyle via Flickr.

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.

 

S.O.S.: Protect the St. Lawrence belugas!

 

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"Honourable Gail Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans)" <gail.shea@parl.gc.ca>
"Min. Aglukkak (Minister of the Environment)" <Leona.Aglukkaq@parl.gc.ca>
"Min Heurtel (Quebec's Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change" <dheurtel@assnat.qc.ca>
"Min Arcand (Quebec's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources" <France.st-pierre2@mern.gouv.qc.ca>
"François Poirier, President, Energy East Pipeline" <francois_poirier@transcanada.com>
"Judith Robson" <judith_robson@transcanada.com>
S.O.S. belugas
Like many Canadians, I am concerned by the decline in beluga whales, a true icon of the St. Lawrence River, which now has fewer than 900 individuals. This cetacean was placed on the endangered list under the Species at Risk Act. Efforts are also underway to raise the status of this species to a higher at-risk category. Despite these facts, the federal government has failed to designate habitat critical to the survival of beluga whales. These delays in protecting the beluga whales’ habitat opens the door for TransCanada Corporation to build an oil port in Cacouna, at the heart of the beluga’s critical habitat, to export oil from the tar sands via the St. Lawrence River. If completed, this project could deliver a fatal blow to the St. Lawrence belugas. I am particularly concerned by the fact that the ministry responsible for protection of this threatened species, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, has authorized TransCanada Corporation to conduct geophysical (seismic surveys) and geotechnical (marine drilling) testing. This will take place, in part, during the critical beluga calving season and would affect the current population, which is already at risk. Even more worrying is the fact that no scientific advice was sought before allowing drilling to begin. The federal government should show leadership by not allowing TransCanada to conduct geotechnical activities scheduled for May/June and by fully designating this area of the St. Lawrence as critical beluga habitat, which is currently only partially protected.
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