Ottawa (UPI) Aug 8, 2010
A judge in Canada Sunday told researchers they can't bombard the arctic waters of Lancaster Sound with sound waves to try to learn what's under the seabed.
Nunavut Judge Sue Cooper granted an injunction sought by parties seeking to stop the joint project of the federal natural resources department and the German Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the Toronto Sun reported. The seismic project was to have started as early as this week, the newspaper said.
The researchers intended to map the area under Lancaster Sound by bouncing sound waves off the earth below the sea.
While two Nunavut government agencies had given their OK to go ahead with the sonic testing, some Inuit groups and environmentalists went to court, contending it could harm marine wildlife.
Cooper sided with the testing opponents, saying there could be an impact on wildlife and consequently on the food supply of the nearby Inuit communities.
"On the whole of the evidence presented, I am satisfied that Inuit in the five affected communities will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction is not granted," her decision reads.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Tectonic Science and News
Explaining Why Tectonic Plates Move The Way They Do
San Diego CA (SPX) Jul 20, 2010
A team of researchers including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego geophysicist Dave Stegman has developed a new theory to explain the global motions of tectonic plates on the earth's surface. The new theory extends the theory of plate tectonics - a kinematic description of plate motion without reference to the forces behind it - with a dynamical theory that provides a physi ... read more
China gold mine fire kills 16 workers|
Japanese rescue-bot can sniff out disaster survivors
Flood-triggered landslide in China leaves 21 missing
Haiti's homeless on the move again as hurricanes loom
Google phones unseat BlackBerry as top sellers in US
Acoustic Tests On New Glonass-K Satellite Completed
China Leads In Outer Space Pollution
MetOp-B Module Passes Crucial Vacuum Test
Obama to serve Gulf seafood at birthday bash: aide
Well kill doesn't mask grim reality for Gulf fishermen
Workers in China rush to restore water to 330,000 people
Pacific islands want louder voice on climate
'City-sized' ice island breaks off glacier
Ice drilling could foretell climate
Ice-Free Arctic Ocean May Not Be Of Much Use In Soaking Up Carbon Dioxide
Best Hope For Saving Arctic Sea Ice Is Cutting Soot Emissions
Alarm over Russia plan to destroy crop collection
Putin sows controversy with Russia grain ban
Russia bans grain exports due to drought
Rebuilding Flood Plains, Agriculture, Economy
Taiwan aborigines protest resettlement after deadly typhoon
North Korea floods destroy bridges, railways: state media
Pakistan PM calls for help as fresh rains hamper flood aid
Taiwan remembers 700 killed on typhoon anniversary
Reformers gain a toehold in Nigerian corruption fight
Mozambican-U.S. joint military exercise
More Somalis arrive from Saudi Arabia
GBissau records veterans in demobilisation drive
Scientists Unravel Human-Ecosystem Interactions
Walker's World: Sarkozy gets tough
Massive Gains For Women's Employment In India
Divers Plumb The Mysteries Of Sacred Maya Pools
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|