Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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NAT089 - (NL-Offshore-Oil-Seabirds) ST. JOHN'S, N.L. x-14s. Millions of seabirds have vanished since offshore oil production started off Newfoundland 20 years ago, and researchers say there's an urgent need to better monitor environmental effects. They say a colony of small nocturnal birds called Leach's storm petrels has shrunk dramatically. Bill Montevecchi of Memorial University of Newfoundland says seabirds offer tell-tale clues about environmental impacts linked to offshore oil. ("..this circumstance.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says drill rig staff monitor birds, and lights are turned off when it's safe. Researchers are calling for a scientific program with trained, independent observers. …

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