Environment featured Media release

Media release: Offshore alliance to call for commitment to protect oceans from Big Oil – Press conference and procession

K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) – The federal government plans to break their promise to “make environmental assessments credible again” by weakening federal offshore oil and gas regulations for oceans off Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The planned changes would make the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB) and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) “responsible parties” for environmental assessments in Canada’s offshore.

The Offshore Alliance of community, fisheries, social justice, and environmental organizations will be holding a press conference and procession while playing recordings of offshore seismic to express their dismay and concern at this development, and highlight potential impacts for our oceans.

WHENJanuary 24, 2018, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Press Conference at 11:00am followed by a procession at 12:00 noon to Scott Brison’s office, 1801 Hollis St., to present a letter stating our demands for Minister Brison to deliver to the Prime Minister. (Snow Date: January 25th)

WHAT: Press Conference and Demonstration

WHERE:  Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

WHO:  The Offshore Alliance includes:

• Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association
• Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia
• Clean Ocean Action Committee
• Coldwater Lobster Association
• Council of Canadians
• Council of Canadians – South Shore Chapter
• East Coast Environmental Law Association
• Ecology Action Centre
• Gulf Nova Scotia Herring Federation
• Lobstermen’s Association Area 34
• Lobstermen’s Association Area 33
• Maritime Fishermen’s Union, Local 4
• Maritime Fishermen’s Union, Local 9
• Maritime Fishermen’s Union, Local 6
• Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance
• Save our Seas and Shores
• Save Our Seas and Shores – PEI Chapter
• Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association
• Shelburne County Quota Group
• Sierra Club Canada Foundation
• St-Lawrence Coalition / Coalition Saint-Laurent

For more information, please contact:

Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Program Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation

John Davis, Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia