Drilling Permit Rejected!

Suffield National Wildlife Area Saved from Expanded Drilling! 
Congratulate the Federal Government for Making the Right Decision



Ord's kangaroo rat in holeGreat news! The Government of Canada announced on November 30 that it would deny a proposal from energy giant Cenovus to add 1,275 shallow gas wells and 220 km of pipeline inside Suffield National Wildlife Area, a protected area and special space of rare prairie grassland, sand hills and ancient glacial valleys. It's home to at least 15 federally listed species at risk, including the burrowing owl, the loggerhead shrike, and Ord's kangaroo rat (pictured here). 

Nature Canada supporters have already raised their voices in alarm over this potentially precedent-setting development. No permit of this nature has ever been granted inside a national wildlife area in Canada, and in thousands of letters you reminded the government that’s the way it should stay.

Thanks to your letters early in our campaign, we convinced the government to conduct a full and public review of the proposed drilling project. The independent panel that conducted that review 
found that the project would likely result in significant interference with the conservation of wildlife. Now, nearly three years after the panel recommended rejecting Cenovus' permit, the federal government has made the right decision and said "no" to Cenovus' proposal.

When our elected officials make the right call, it's important that they hear from Canadians. So, please, add your voice.  Send your letter  of congratulations to Ministers Peter Kent and Peter MacKay today. 




Photos by Andy Teucher



  • Peter Kent
  • Peter MacKay


Re: Thank You for Protecting Suffield National Wildlife Area

Dear [Decision Maker],

I wish to sincerely congratulate you for making the right decision in denying approval of Cenovus' proposal to drill 1,275 natural gas wells and construct associated infrastructure in the Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA).

Thank you for choosing to protect the integrity of this unique, fragile native prairie and to show that Canada's NWAs are meant for conservation, not industrial development.

Thank you for considering my views, and for making the right decision.

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