Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Critically Endangered Pacific gray whales get reprieve from oil platform

Reprieve for whales at risk from oil platform

October 2013. In a victory for conservationists, an oil platform planned near the habitat of a Critically Endangered whale population has been postponed for at least five years.

A decision about development plans for the offshore Sakhalin-II drilling platform has been deferred by the Sakhalin Energy consortium, according to the western gray whale expert panel report.

Only 150 Pacific gray whales alive
Concerns had been raised over the platform's potential impact on western north Pacific gray whales, of which only an estimated 150 animals remain. WWF and other organizations have campaigned to stop the platform from being built by targeting both the oil company and the banks that are the main investors to the project, and see this as a successful outcome.

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