Premier McNeil seems to think that Oil and Gas development is a perfect fit with a Marine Protected Area. Just as he probably thinks that it is appropriate to clearcut a game sanctuary. (Liscombe).
Environmental activists will rally Friday April 20. 12 Noon, at Halifax Convention Centre where federal Liberals are holding their convention. This time the issue is not the Kinder Morgan pipeline, but oil giant BP’s plan to drill up to 7 wells off the south-west coast of Nova Scotia.
As we write this the BP commissioned rig West Aquarius is on its way to the Scotian Shelf to start exploratory drilling for oil, something John Davis, director of the Clean Ocean Action Committee, very much wished wouldn’t happen. We interviewed Davis about how federal and provincial regulators are way too close to the oil and gas industry, how environmental and fisheries groups are ignored, and why we should care about what happens on the Scotian Shelf.
The Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) has released information on oil and gas bids detailing lease areas available for 2018 – and these areas directly overlap a large fisheries closure announced in December by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
News release: The BP commissioned rig West Aquarius is now en route to drill offshore, despite not having final approval from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB).
We had a long chat with Colin Sproul, spokesperson for the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, about the risks of offshore drilling , why we should care about something so (relatively) distant, and how to get Nova Scotians to realize what’s at stake.
A story I wrote in 2014, in my Halifax Media Co-op days, but sadly still relevant as BP will start exploratory drilling this spring or summer. I attended the Halifax town hall meeting last night, there will probably be more on this in the NS Advocate in the next little while. Meanwhile, read about corexit as the first line of defense against oil spills, and be afraid. Be very afraid.
News release by the Offshore Alliance: “Instead of holding public hearings, which should be required before industry projects are given the go-ahead, the CNSOPB through its PR staff suggested on short notice a facilitated 45 minute “sharing circle” for all 8-12 invited “stakeholder groups.”
Media advisory: With oil and gas exploration approved off the coast of Nova Scotia for this spring, the Council of Canadians is organizing a hard-hitting coastal speaking tour providing evidence of the serious risks offshore drilling presents to sustainable fisheries, tourism, clean water and our climate.
News release issued by the Offshore Alliance: “While there are some improvements in overall environmental assessment processes in Liberal legislation tabled today in Ottawa, the draft Bill is a step backwards with respect to offshore oil and gas in Atlantic Canada, appears to give oil and gas boards more authority, and points to federal concessions in response to lobbying from the provinces and oil industry.”