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Since September 2014 the Prentice government has auctioned over 1600 km of Alberta caribou ranges for oil and gas leases.On March 5, AWA’s News Release outlined Alberta Government plans to auction new oil and gas leases on 21,000 hectares (212 square kilometers) of endangered mountain woodland caribou habitat, in the Kakwa region of west central Alberta without rules to reduce surface disturbance below current excessive levels.Woodland caribou are an iconic Canadian species in trouble.Their survival is threatened by extensive resource development in their critical habitat.Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) called on the Alberta government to stop undermining caribou survival chances and to halt new leasing and surface disturbance within caribou ranges.The newly approved forest management plan for Alberta Newsprint Company (ANC) includes a one year deferral across the Little Smoky herd range.AWA writes an open letter to Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes, urging that planned auctions of new energy dispositions in the Little Smoky caribou population range in February, March and April 2013 not proceed.
AWA and Keepers of the Athabasca send information on the irresponsibly high ongoing caribou habitat disturbance in Alberta’s oil sands region to US-based environmental groups concerned with Canada’s oil sands impacts.
The most consistent and pervasive threat to the persistence of a viable caribou population in Alberta stems from resource extraction industries, which are causing an overall loss and fragmentation of habitat.
Reports from locals and government biologists dating back 60 years have documented the absence of caribou following the establishment of industrial activity in an area.
Even then the government has recently directed forest companies to ignore commitments to caribou habitat protection while oil, gas and tar sands development in caribou habitat continues.
These actions contravene both industry-and government-established guidelines.