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.

Let’s protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence!

 

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"Ms. Aglukkak (Minister of the Environment)" <Leona.Aglukkaq@parl.gc.ca>
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Let’s protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Like many Canadians, I am concerned about exploratory oil and gas drilling projects in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The quality of life and economic development of communities along the gulf depend on its ecological integrity. I am concerned about the environmental and socio-economic impacts that these projects could inflict on this already fragile ecosystem if you do not take measures to safeguard it. I would like the Canadian government and provinces bordering the gulf to show leadership and protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as well as the communities and ecosystems that depend on it. Fishing and tourism in the Gulf of St. Lawrence represent more than $2 billion annually in economic benefits to all provinces surrounding the gulf, as well as tens of thousands of direct jobs. It is not reasonable to risk the health of this unique environment and the prosperity of the communities that depend on it for hypothetical and unsustainable oil revenues. Protecting the Gulf of St. Lawrence is a wise investment for the environmental, social and economic future of Canada, especially as the economies of all the provinces surrounding the gulf depend on its health for their prosperity. I ask you to work with your counterparts in the five provinces bordering the gulf to establish a moratorium on all proposed offshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation projects for the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence, and to engage in thorough an extensive interprovincial public consultation on the oil issue in the gulf. If we want future generations to benefit from the abundance of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, federal and provincial governments must work together to protect the marine environment, fisheries, aquatic wildlife and communities that depend on it.
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