Caribou Get More Time

Published: Wednesday, 11/16/2005 12:00 am EST

Prime Minister Paul Martin is "encouraged" by the decision of the U.S. House of Representatives to drop a provision on Arctic drilling from the budget reconciliation bill, but warned in a press release that "a number of hurdles still remain and Canada cannot relax until the final votes are cast." Environmentalists say drilling will damage the herding grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd and hurt the nearby indigenous community, the Gwich'in people. Canada has long opposed the plan for oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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