The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has launched a national campaign advocating for the protection of Gros Morne National Park from hydraulic fracturing.
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.
Follow this link to the CPAWS Campaign: http://cpaws.org/campaigns/gros-morne
CPAWS’ 2013 Annual State of Canada’s Parks Report
The report expresses concern over “inappropriate” development on the edges of national parks. In a CBC interview on July 12th, 2013, Allison Woodley, CPAWS Parks Programme Director, stated that “one of our biggest concerns this year is a proposal to drill and ‘frack’ for oil within metres of Gros Morne National Park…If this proposal is approved, it will present a serious risk to park ecosystems. It will also jeopardize a thriving local tourist economy and could put a Gros Morne’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at risk.” Canadian National Parks contribute $5 billion to the Canadian economy and support 64,000 jobs.
Read and listen to an interview on CPAWS’ 2013 State of Canada’s Parks report at the following link: http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2013/07/16/canadas-parks-development-gets-mixed-review-from-environmental-group/