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A tiny Arctic community is fighting Big Oil, and they need our help.
Off the coast of Clyde River, Nunavut, unspoiled Arctic waters are home to 90% of the world's narwhals. These unique tusked whales play a crucial role in the aquatic ecosystem, and for thousands of years have been a staple of the local Inuit community. But now their very survival is in danger.
The Canadian government just granted oil corporations the right to search for drilling sites in the ocean near Clyde River. Offshore drilling is bad enough, but the search is worse – these oil companies will use "seismic testing," setting off huge explosions underwater to try and find oil.
Like all whales, narwhals use their hearing to communicate and to find their way safely beneath the Arctic ice. The search for oil will deafen, disorient, and kill any narwhals caught in its path. It's up to us to speak up now, and stop this while we still can.
The narwhals play a crucial role in the Arctic aquatic ecosystem. They are also an important food source for the native Inuit people, many of whom rely on subsistence hunting to survive.
For generations, big corporations have stripped northern Canada of its natural resources, trampling the rights of native peoples and destroying entire ecosystems for profit. The government has been complicit in this, auctioning off oil and mineral rights to the highest bidder and ignoring the consequences. But until now, the narwhals and the local ecosystem they support have managed to survive.
The people of Clyde River have had enough. They are standing up to the government and to Big Oil and fighting to protect their home. But there are only 900 people in Clyde River. They need us to stand with them. If we act now, we can stop the oil companies in their tracks before the damage is done.
originally posted by: snowspirit
That article is from June. I've heard that all new oil projects are postponed, because of the price per barrel being only half of what it was a couple of months ago.
Maybe they won't go through with it....
That said, Harper really needs to be voted out
To minimize damage to marine mammals, such as bowhead whales, narwhal, belugas, killer whales, polar bears, walrus, porpoise and seals, the NEB says Multi-Klient Invest should shut down the air gun array if they come within 500 metres of any marine mammal.
On each seismic run, the company must used four marine mammal observers, two of whom will be Inuit.
They must also use community liason officers in each affected community to inform them of the ship’s position.
The NEB also orders the company to inform fishing companies of their presence each day and says MKI must pay compensation if they damage fishing gear.
originally posted by: Sabiduria
a reply to: pikestaff
To me, it doesn't matter what size the explosions are, all explosions are bad.
Funny thing is some people think the Canadian Government are all good, straight and narrow...
Most of the leaders of this country belong in jail...
And every single one of them are infested with greed