Say Good-bye to the Northern Right Whale
Head Harbour Passage is the center of the Quoddy Region located on the
Maine, USA, -New Brunswick, Canada, border at the mouth of the Bay of
Fundy. It has been documented to have the highest known biodiversity
on the Atlantic Coast and supports up to 3,000 species of marine
organisms, including many endangered or unique species. It is the
summer grounds of the Northern Right Whales.
For over two years citizens and Canadian governments on all levels
have been trying to protect this area from 3 proposed LNG terminal
developments on the Maine shore of Passamaquoddy Bay. In addition, an
LNG terminal, proposed refinery expansion and associated plastics
production is in the cards at Saint John, NB and, together with
proposed quarry development in NB and NS and other developments it is
clear that the Bay of Fundy will rapidly become “Superport Fundy” with
an exponential rise in ship traffic and a consequent displacement in
marine species and our traditional eco-economy based on fisheries,
aquaculture, and tourism.
Already challenged here, this increased traffic does not bode well for
the future of the Northern Right Whale.
Today, the US State Department issued a statement indicating they will
contest Canada’s stand to protect the Quoddy Region from LNG tankers
and their zdrive tugs. If both LNG proposals currently before FERC are
approved and come to fruition, there will be an average of one LNG
tanker passage per day – an increase in traffic of 400% that will
pass through habitat critical to Rights, Fins, Humpbacks, Minke, and
Harbour Porpoise and other cetaceans.
We need your help. Please write to Secretary C. Rice to protest this
move. American readers are urged to contact your representatives in
Congress and the Senate. Please contact us if you wish to help. You
can do this through our Quoddy Coalition listserv at
http://groups.google.com/group/savepassamaquoddybay or by emailing
m…@bayoffundy.ca. You can sign a petition at:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/924383846. More information
is available at our listserv, http://www.bayoffundy.ca/LNG and http://www.savepassamaquoddybay.org.
Ask your friends to help.
Please don’t wait. This is a critical point that will determine the
future of the most endangered marine mammal in our seas. There are
only 300-odd left; 6 were killed this past year. PLEASE ACT NOW!