Let’s protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas development!
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The Gulf of St. Lawrence is an exceptional, highly productive ecosystem that supports an abundance of plants and animals, including 2,200 marine species that spawn and migrate in its waters. It is at the heart of the economy of the surrounding provinces through fishing and tourism.
Coastal communities have always depended on the Gulf of St. Lawrence for their livelihood. The sustainable fishing and tourism industries represent over $2 billion a year and support tens of thousands of jobs in the five provinces bordering the Gulf.
As highlighted in a recent report by the St. Lawrence Coalition, founded by the David Suzuki Foundation, CPAWS-Quebec, Nature Québec and Attention FragÎles, these jobs and ecosystems would be endangered by the imminent arrival of the oil industry, which has plans for exploratory drilling in the heart of the gulf.
Are we willing to risk the health of this ecosystem as well as the lifestyle of the communities that depend on the Gulf of St. Lawrence for hypothetical and unsustainable oil revenues, without consulting those communities?
Tell our federal and provincial governments to work together to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas exploration and exploitation projects by establishing a moratorium for the entire gulf and by engaging in thorough and extensive interprovincial public consultation on oil and gas in the gulf.
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