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Bigger northern conservation area planned after Shell relinquishes permits

By Denis Calnan      

Shell was in the midst of a court battle against the World Wildlife Fund's Canadian branch, which claimed that the oil company’s right to the permits had expired. With the announcement from Shell on World Oceans Day on June 8, the case was dropped.

Two narwhal surface to breathe in Admiralty Inlet at Lancaster Sound, Nunavut. Photograph by Paul Nicklen courtesy of WWF-Canada
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Parks Canada says that in the wake of Shell Canada relinquishing all its exploratory permits near Lancaster Sound, off the shores of northern Nunavut, an agreement on a National Marine Conservation Area could be in place by the end of 2017. In early June, Shell Canada announced that it was giving its offshore exploratory permits to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, which in turn gave them up in order for the federal government to create the conservation area.

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