Prevent Off-Shore Drilling in Canadian Gulf

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Target: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Goal: Strike down efforts to allow oil drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Canadian government is considering a proposal that would allow off-shore oil drilling. The drilling would take place in the Gulf of St Lawrence, which currently serves as the country’s most important marine ecosystem. Drilling this area would destroy the natural beauty and have potentially ruinous effects on the many animal and plant populations that live in the gulf.

The Gulf of St Lawrence is the primary source for food and shelter for over 2,000 animal species. These animals, including the endangered Blue Whale and Leatherback Turtle, rely on the gulf as a place to breed, spawn, and nurture their young. The Gulf of St. Lawrence is also essential to the health of the fisheries system in the Atlantic.

As evidenced by the recent disaster involving the BP Deep Horizon rig, off-shore drilling has the potential to turn into a catastrophe. In addition to human life, the surrounding environment is constantly at risk from a spill, explosion, or both. The Gulf of St. Lawrence is simply too valuable to be put in danger. Any potential income from drilling would be instantly nullified if this precious ecosystem were to be wiped out.

The proposal has already encountered resistance from several regulatory organizations. The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council have both voiced their disapproval, arguing that information about life in the Gulf is sorely lacking. Oil manufacturers have promised to be diligent and avoid risk, but it is impossible for a company to prepare for a risk that it doesn’t know exists. Until more information about the gulf is acquired, drilling must not be allowed.

By signing this petition, you are helping fight for a cleaner, healthier Canadian ecosystem. Several provinces rely on the Gulf of St. Lawrence for fishing and tourism, and any damage to this body of water would be devastating. The animals that count on the gulf for shelter deserve our protection.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

The proposal that would allow off-shore oil drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence must be struck down. The gulf currently serves as the country’s most important marine ecosystem, with 2,000 animal species, including the endangered Blue Whale and Leatherback Turtle, relying on the gulf as a place to breed, spawn, and nurture their young. The Gulf of St. Lawrence is also essential to the health of the fisheries system in the Atlantic.

Drilling this area would destroy the natural beauty and have potentially ruinous effects on the many animal and plant populations that live in the gulf. The proposal has already encountered resistance from several regulatory organizations; the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council have both voiced their disapproval. Information about life in the Gulf is sorely lacking and even though oil manufacturers have promised to be diligent and avoid risk, it is impossible for a company to prepare for a risk that it doesn’t know exists. Until more information about the gulf is acquired, drilling must not be allowed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ad Meskens

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