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Success! Tidal turbine project that could harm dolphins is halted

Rissos dolphins off Bardsey Island credit WDC Following years of campaign work to halt a...

Mystery surrounds large number of whales washing up in US

Whale tail injured in collision with a vessel A number of whales have washed up...

US government refuses to shield endangered right whales from lethal ship collisions

The Biden administration in the US has denied an emergency petition that seeks to protect...

Automated cruelty – vending machines in Japan now dispense dead whale

In an effort to prop up the cruel and declining whale hunting industry in Japan,...

Legal Action on Proposed Pipeline Expansion in Orca Critical Habitat

Although Canada recently took steps to stop the construction of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline through British Columbia (BC), last month they approved a different proposed pipeline expansion from Kinder Morgan.  The Trans Mountain pipeline would significantly increase shipping traffic and underwater noise within critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca community, in addition to the potential habitat and ecosystem effects of pipeline construction and the increase in risk of a major oil spill. 

Several legal challenges to the National Energy Board’s recommendation to allow the pipeline expansion to proceed have already been filed, including one from environmental groups concerning the Southern Resident orcas and their habitat.  This unique orca population is down to just 83 members and is threatened by vessel effects (noise, traffic, and harassment), toxic pollution, and prey depletion.