September 24, 2007 17:43 ET

CORRECTION-WWF-Canada: NWT Residents Favour Conservation in Mackenzie Delta Region

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2007) - The following corrects and replaces the release sent at 1653 ET on September 24, 2007. The issuing city should have been Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The complete and corrected release follows.

According to a new poll released today by Angus McAllister Research, the 81 per cent of Northwest Territories residents strongly support conservation measures being taken before or during pipeline construction. WWF-Canada has advocated for this approach, called "conservation first," in submissions to the Joint Review Panel for the Mackenzie Gas Project Hearings.

Highlights of the poll include:

-83 per cent of respondents expressed high or very high support for the expansion of Nahanni National Park

-84 per cent expressed high or very high support for the establishment of East Arm National Park

-87 per cent expressed high or very high support for protecting The Ramparts

Federal progress on these sites has been slow, and recent budget cuts at the Canadian Wildlife Service raise concerns about the government's ability to deliver on protection measures in advance of pipeline approvals.

"Clearly Northerners value their natural heritage and want it protected, even as the north is transformed by development," said Rob Powell, Director of the Mackenzie River Basin for WWF-Canada. "We hope the government is listening."

Contact Information

  • For further information or to set up an
    interview please contact:
    Maggie MacDonald, Communications Manager
    (416) 484-7728
    Email: mmacdonald@wwfcanada.org
    Mackenzie River Basin
    Rob Powell, Director
    (780) 902-7100
    Email: rpowell@wwfcanada.org
    Website: www.wwf.ca