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.
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
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.