Government announces details of $1.5-billion plan to protect the coasts

Government announces details of $1.5-billion plan to protect the coasts
From CBC - March 13, 2018

The federal government released details today of its plan to sink $1.5 billion into Canada's ocean coastlines in a bid to protect killer whales and guard against oil spills.

The Oceans Protection Plan "is the largest investment ever made toto protect Canada's coasts and waterways," Transport Canada said in a release.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first announced the plan last November following an accident off British Columbia's central coast that released thousands of litres of diesel into the water near the town of Bella Bella.

First Nations communities are set to host pilot projects to develop and test marine information systems to track ships off the Pacific Coast in "near real-time."

Ship traffic on the Pacific coastline is expected to increase if and when the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is constructed.

Noise reduction for whales

A chunk of the plan's budget will document risks to marine life, including the endangered orca.

More than $167 million has been set aside to develop regulations in tandem with coastal communities and scientists.

Preparing for oil spills


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