Feds ban oil, gas, mining from marine conservation areas
OTTAWA — The oil-and-gas industry has worn out its welcome in Canadian marine conservation areas, and Canada’s environmentalists are overjoyed.
Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson unveiled new standards for marine protected areas in Canada on Thursday, fully prohibiting oil-andgas activity, as well as mining, waste-dumping and bottom-trawling. The change implements recommendations made to the government last year by an advisory panel, and brings Canada up to international standards set by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
“The new standards that I’m announcing today will help to ensure that we will be able to provide an environmental inheritance to our children and our grandchildren that includes healthy, sustainable and productive oceans,” said Wilkinson.
The new standards will apply only in federally protected areas. Up until now industrial activities have been allowed or restricted on a case-by-case basis. It will be up to provinces to determine the standards for marine areas protected by provincial legislation.