22 Sep '11, 1pm

Petition Filed. Canada's tar sands extraction violates international wildlife treaties:

Petition Filed. Canada's tar sands extraction violates international wildlife treaties:

Today, conservation groups represented by Earthjustice and Ecojustice Canada, submitted a petition to Interior Secretary Salazar asking him to report to President Obama that Canada’s destructive tar sands extraction undermines international efforts to protect endangered and threatened species. The petition documents how tar sands mining and drilling in Alberta is harming at least 130 migratory bird species, including endangered whooping cranes, as well as threatened woodland caribou herds. An American law known as the Pelly Amendment requires the Secretary of the Interior to determine whether foreign activities are weakening treaties that protect threatened species—in this case, the Western Hemisphere Convention and the Migratory Bird Convention. If so, Interior must report those conclusions to the President, who is then authorized to take action such as trade sanctions to...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2011/conservation-grou...

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