Quebec government ends oil and gas exploration on island
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.