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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Has the Humpback been delisted in BC to allow pipeline construction in their habitat?

This image shows a pair of Humpback Whales &qu...
This image shows a pair of Humpback Whales "lunge-feeding". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Links for a new letter on the delisting of humpback whales and the development of the Enbridge Northern Gateway megapipeline project in British Columbia, Canada, recently published in Science last July.

Basically, we advocate that the decision to downlist humpback whales in British Columbia should account for threats posed by oil pipelines and associated tankers. The downlisting from ‘Threatened’ status to a species of ‘Special Concern’ was significant because the whales’ critical habitat, which overlaps proposed oil tanker routes, does not have to be protected under the revised status.

Delisted whales good news for pipeline

Juan José Alava, Joshua N. Silberg
 
Science. 07/2014; 345(6194):278-279.
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6194.278-c

The article can be downloaded from the following links:

 
Juan José Alava
Juan Jose Alava, PhD
Adjunct Professor
School of Resource & Environmental Management
Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, Canada

Associate Faculty Member
School of Environment and Sustainability,
Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences,
Royal Roads University
Victoria, BC, Canada

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