Environment and Conservation Minister Dan Crummell is downplaying oil pollution in Port au Port Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
As the provincial government moves to hire a consultant to determine the nature and possible clean-up of oil leaking into Port au Port Bay, opinions over the urgency of the situation vary while a petition calling for immediate remediation garners 25,000 signatures.
Evidence of oil leaking into Port au Port Bay on Newfoundland’s west coast has intensified ongoing debate surrounding controversial oil development in this province and how it is impacting vulnerable ecosystems like the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Speaking at a recent forum in Corner Brook on fracking and oil development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Miawpukek First Nation Chief Mi’sel Joe addressed the hypocrisy he says is implicit in the province’s anthem and decades of relentless natural resource exploitation and pollution.
Enough is enough, coalition tells Petroleum Board
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said it has never seen as much public reaction as it has against the project that would see Corridor Resources Inc. drilling a deep-water exploratory oil well in the Old Harry area of the Gulf between western Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands. The CBC reports in its article today that public protests have taken place in the four Atlantic provinces and Quebec in just the last few weeks, and that no less than fifty submissions highlighting concerns have been submitted. The C-NLOPB has asked highly respected lawyer and former New Brunswick politician to conduct an independent review, which will include public input and the production of a website – to be launched shortly. Source: CBC
NDP Member of Parliament Ryan Cleary says that the Federal Minister for the Environment, Peter Kent, is playing Russian roulette. Cleary is calling on Minister Peter Kent to reconsider his rejection of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board’s request for a full environmental assessment before proceeding with drilling at the Old Harry site. Citing the fact that the area borders five provinces, encompasses 400 coastal communities, and is home to 114 conservation and protected areas, Cleary says the most basic of environmental assessments, a screening, is simply not good enough. Source: VOCM