Sierra Club wants ban on oil ex­plo­ration in Lau­ren­tian Channel

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

With oil and gas ex­plo­ration a pos­si­bil­ity in the Lau­ren­tian Channel, Sierra Club Canada Foun­da­tion is hop­ing to put a stop to it.

Re­cently, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pro­posed al­low­ing ex­plo­ration in a new ma­rine pro­tected area in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Foun­da­tion says the area is a key feed­ing and mi­gra­tory path­way for whales and the en­dan­gered leatherback tur­tle.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal group said it is also the only known mat­ing grounds for por­bea­gle sharks and a habi­tat for bask­ing sharks, smooth skates and black dog­fish.

“This area de­serves full pro­tec­tion,” the Sierra

Club Canada Foun­da­tion said.

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