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Ottawa’s Wood Buffalo plan ‘not good enough’: First Nations – The Narwhal

Canada’s largest national park is at risk of losing its status as a World Heritage site due to the impacts of dams, oil development and climate change

Feb 7, 2019

The federal government is promising to create artificial ice jams, strategically release water from BC Hydro dams and assess cumulative impacts on northern Alberta’s Peace-Athabasca delta in an attempt to retain the World Heritage status of Canada’s largest national park.

However, Ottawa’s long-awaited action plan for Wood Buffalo National Park rejects a World Heritage Committee recommendation calling on Canada to  conduct an environmental and social impact assessment of the controversial Site C dam. The action plan says the federal government’s hands are tied because an assessment of the project was completed by a federal-provincial review panel before the dam was approved in 2014.

“There is no legal mechanism in federal legislation to suspend or negate the authorization or undertake a new environmental assessment for a project that has been approved,” says the 96-page report compiled by Parks Canada, in consultation with 11 Indigenous communities and the B.C., Northwest Territories and Alberta governments.

Read More: https://thenarwhal.ca/ottawas-wood-buffalo-plan-not-good-enough-first-nations/

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