Oil & Gas
Georgia Strait and its watersheds form a unique bioregion with tremendous natural diversity and richness. It would take just one major oil spill to threaten this whole ecosystem -- yet proposals from government and industry groups appear to be moving in just this direction.
Better Protection for Birds
Every year, an estimated 300,000 birds are killed off Newfoundland’s coast due to chronic oil pollution.
Though there are no quantifiable estimates for the Pacific coast, increased tanker and cruise ship traffic and the push to lift the offshore oil and gas moratorium mean that bird populations here are at risk from similar pressures.
In 2005, in an effort to improve protection for birds, the federal government amended Canada’s Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
The changes give more power to Environment Canada to enforce the law within Canada’s Exclusive Economic Zone of 200 nautical miles, and the ability to impose strong penalties on violators, up to $1 million. This is an important step forward in marine conservation in Canada.