This action alert is from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society…let’s get every one we know to send the letter to help create a buffer zone around Gros Morne National Park:
Save Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects 1,805 square kilometres of western Newfoundland’s coastal lowlands and towering Long Range Mountains. The park is world-renowned for its geological features and its pristine natural beauty. The park encircles several small communities, and includes highland and lowland forests, huge freshwater fjords, hundreds of lakes and ponds, extensive bogs, rock barrens, towering cliffs, and rugged coastline. Visitors can hike through wild, uninhabited mountains or camp by the sea, boat between the 700 metre-high cliffs of a glacier-carved fjord, or enjoy beautiful waterfalls, marine inlets, sea stacks, sandy beaches, and colourful nearby fishing villages.
- Save Gros Morne: Don’t FRACK it up!
- Oil drilling and fracking are being proposed right beside Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fracking could contaminate local air, water and soil, create constant noise and heavy truck traffic, and harm wildlife and people. Don’t let this happen to Gros Morne – send a letter now!
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Right now, the park is threatened by a proposal to drill a series of oil exploration wells in the Green Point Shale along the west coast of Newfoundland. The drilling program would use hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking)—the high-pressure injection of water containing toxic chemicals to shatter underground shale beds — to extract oil. Fracking is extremely controversial because of growing evidence of its potential negative effects on the environment and on human and animal health.
Although there will be no drilling on park land, drill sites are planned within metres of the park boundary in communities within and around the national park. Potential threats to the park include the contamination of huge amounts of water required by the fracking process, the injection of toxic chemicals deep into the ground with the potential for groundwater or marine contamination, intense trucking activities on park roads, the flaring of waste natural gas, and the noise, smell, and industrial activity of an intensive drilling operation.
Industrializing the Gros Morne coastline would not only threaten the remarkable ecosystems of this World Heritage Site, it would threaten the vital regional and provincial tourism economy which relies on the pristine natural beauty of Gros Morne’s coast and mountains to attract visitors from across Canada and around the world.
What CPAWS is doing
CPAWS is recommending that a buffer zone be established around Gros Morne to keep the national park and surrounding area permanently free from oil drilling and fracking.
CPAWS is working closely with local concerned citizens to raise awareness about the potential threat to Gros Morne.
Gros Morne in the news
For more information:
For updates and current events/information: Save Gros Morne & our West Coast (on Facebook)
For more information on fracking: http://savewestcoastnl.wordpress.com/
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