Action for Orcas

Dear Friends

Last year I reported that a tanker containing thousands of litres of fuel sank in an ecologically-sensitive area off the coast of Western Canada, an area where OrcaLab have been studying wild orca for decades; a project supported by Born Free.

After a number of groups, including ourselves, highlighted this issue, the Government has now said it will take action to raise the tanker and remove the threat of a spillage.  However, we have just heard that they are taking this process at a very leisurely pace, that they have to open up the process to the submission of bids from constructors to carry out the work and there is a chance that they will now not get it done before the orca return in significant numbers at the start of the season.

The Government needs to understand that we are watching and that we are anticipating that they will fulfil their obligations to protect this environmentally fragile area by removing this tanker without delay.

If you feel, as I do, that the Government needs to know just how strongly we feel about this then please do write to:

The Honourable Barry Penner
Minister of the Environment
P.O. Box 9047, Stn. Prov. Gov’t.
Victoria, B.C.
V8W 9E2 Canada

phone:  1-250-387-1187
fax:  1-250-387-1356

Email: env.minister@gov.bc.ca

The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent St. Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0E6 Canada

phone:  1-613-992-3474
fax:  1-613- 995-7858

Email: Min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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Will

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