Thursday, 19 July 2007

Honeymoons, Whales and Liquid Natural Gas

Lukas and Sophie are back from their wedding trip to the Charlevoix, full of stories of great meals eaten, good wine drunk and many whales seen. They camped two nights at Baie Ste-Marguerite on the Saguenay Fjord, one of the great whale-watching places in the world. From their campground they could see more than a dozen whales, enjoying the bay, and when they climbed down to the beach, they were able to get great, close looks.

The whales of the St. Lawrence are a natural treasure but the latest reports say that the proposed liquid natural gas port at Gros Cacouna is going to menace the birthing grounds for belugas, a threatened species. The noise from construction—which would last about three years—would be particularly damaging, research biologist Véronik de la Chenelière, told Le Devoir this week.

Another reason to halt the race to build one or more LNG ports, as if protecting the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay wasn't enough.

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