EAC's Position on the Gulf Oil Spill
The Ecology Action Centre is deeply saddened by what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico. We consider it unlikely that oil will reach Canadian waters in the form of a large spill. Oil could reach Canadian waters in the form of tar balls. It is even more unlikely that the oil will reach Canadian shores as the Gulf Stream veers off Eastern North American around Cape Cod.
Nonetheless, the species we share with the Gulf of Mexico will be affected. Northern gannets nest in Canada in the summer and winter in the Gulf of Mexico. Bluefin tuna spawn in the Gulf of Mexico in the winter and enter Canadian waters in the summer to feed. Piping Plovers nest on Canadian beaches and winter on beaches in Florida and the Gulf. Sea turtles that come into Canadian waters in the summer to feed, may spend part of their lives in the Gulf of Mexico. The best we can do to protect this species is get the oil gusher stopped and cleaned up. We can also make sure we look after these animals when they are in Canada. Nearly all of these species are endangered or in trouble.
The Ecology Action Centre has been calling for stricter controls on the oil and gas industry onshore and offshore in Canada. We should consider a moratorium on drilling in deep waters and sensitive areas. In addition all of us need to question our reliance on oil and gas. BP is drilling to feed our insatiable appetite for petroleum products.
Finally, one way to help is to support environmental organizations like EAC by becoming a member. If we have strong organizations that watchdog the actions of government, industry and society these accidents are less likely to happen. We can’t be strong without you.