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.

Shell Canada and other large energy corporations basically get their way with our oceans, regulation is a farce and risks are ignored. That’s the opinion of a new South Shore organization, the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia. It has some suggestions on how to fix the problem.