Posted on November 7, 2016 (updated: June 20, 2019)

Ecojustice statement re: $1.5-billion ocean protection plan

VANCOUVER —  Ecojustice lawyer Margot Venton reacts to the federal government’s announcement of its $1.5-billion ocean protection plan, which comes amidst growing concerns over marine safety, oil spill response times, and shipping impacts on endangered killer whales:

“Today’s Ocean Protection Plan announcement has some good news. Finally Canada is recognizing the threat that shipping noise and other pollution pose to whales and other marine mammals. The review of protections for at risk species such as the Southern Resident Killer Whales must assess all current risks. This review, including mitigation of these risks, must be completed before any further consideration of projects that would expand marine shipping, such as the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.”

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