Public concern leads to Federal review for Old Harry

Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board Chair Max Ruelokke said last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has created fear that a disastrous spill might also happen in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where a spill could affect the coastlines of five provinces. As a result of public interest and concern over drilling in the Old Harry area, the board has asked for a federal review of Halifax-based Corridor Resources’ plans. “I have to give the C-NLOPB credit for making the distinction at least between open waters in the Atlantic and the gulf that is literally surrounded by the coastlines of half of Canada’s provinces,” said Mary Gorman, a member of Nova Scotia’s Save our Seas and Shore coalition.

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