A couple weeks ago I posted about Orcas in Crisis in Blackney Pass due to an application submitted to install monitoring equipment in this delicate area off Johnstone Strait. The turbines that were in question would have caused unknown noise to the area of orca whalehabitat, disturbing them and their food source. The Northern Resident whales in this area are already deemed to be a threatened species under Canada's Species At Risk Act (SARA).
The project leader with SRM Projects, Scot Merriam, was thankfully open to discussion. He did not realize the problems this would cause and withdrew the application after discussion. OrcaLab, a whale research station in British Columbia, and SRM Projects, a renewable energy engineering firm, have released the following press release together and have agreed to work together in the future to find areas that would not be harmful to the whales.
I realize that I post a lot of petitions on this blog but this is one proven example that they work. I know that some of you signed this petition and this goes to show that there is power in numbers. We do have a voice and can make a difference together, so thank you!