Que­bec govern­ment ends oil and gas ex­plo­ration on is­land

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

QUE­BEC — The Que­bec govern­ment has put an end to oil and gas ex­plo­ration on An­ti­costi Is­land.

The prov­ince’s en­ergy and nat­u­ral re­sources depart­ment says the de­ci­sion an­nounced to­day was made to pro­tect the is­land’s nat­u­ral char­ac­ter and in sup­port of its bid to be­come a UNESCO World Her­itage Site. Que­bec Pre­mier Philippe Couil­lard in­creas­ingly dis­tanced him­self from the project af­ter at­tend­ing the in­ter­na­tional cli­mate con­fer­ence in Paris in 2015. Couil­lard ex­pressed con­cerns about en­vi­ron­men­tal risks and had ques­tioned the project’s eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity.

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