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Judge stops seismic research

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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.




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