Feds ban oil, gas, min­ing from marine con­ser­va­tion ar­eas

The Prince George Citizen - - Money - Mia RAB­SON

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.

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