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Anticosti Island, natural world heritage treasure, threatened by oil and gas companies!

Anticosti Island, natural world heritage treasure, threatened by oil and gas companies!
  
  

 


Why this is important

Anticosti Island, located in the St. Lawrence Gulf in Québec, is named the "Pearl of St Lawrence" for the splendor of its breathtaking scenery. The Island is a refuge for several endangered species of terrestrial flora and fauna as well as being rich in diverse aquatic life offshore. The long reefs located here are among the ten most ecologically sensitive areas in the St. Lawrence Gulf and are of crucial importance for the survival of all aquatic organisms in the Atlantic Ocean.

A company is currently clear cutting 150 km of open forest near the Grand-Lac-Salé Ecological Reserve, (established on January 24, 1996), located on the south shore of Anticosti Island. Shale Gas & oil exploration activities are underway without any independent environmental impact assessment and threatens the survival of endangered species.

The consequences of fracturing shale rock to extract oil and gas are known to contaminate groundwater. Also, any event of a marine spill would affect the much larger ecosystem of all the Atlantic Provinces .

Life on the island and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is at stake: the health of sensitive wildlife biological systems such as marine algae, plankton, microscopic invertebrates, crustaceans, turtles, fish, birds, marine and terrestrial mammals, the quality of fresh and salt water, and the unique geology of the island with fossils dating back 450 million years.

It is urgent that we collectively decide the wise use our future energy resources. Demand the Québec government and political parties to declare a moratorium of oil and gas exploration on Anticosti Island. For more information and photographs, www.ile-anticosti.ca

Posted July 26, 2012
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