The drill ship Stena IceMax has been contracted by Shell to do exploratory drilling offshore of Nova Scotia.
The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter is encouraging people to join their campaign to protect offshore Nova Scotia.
In October 2015, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board granted approval to Shell to drill two oil wells on the edge of the Scotian Shelf, a geological formation located southwest of Nova Scotia.
CBC reported, "The board authorized a Shell drilling plan in the Shelburne Basin, which is about 250 kilometres southwest of Shelburne. Initially, the plan had a 21-day timeframe to contain subsea blowouts, but the approved plan was shortened to between 12 and 13 days. Environmental groups say that timeline is too long and falls short of the U.S. requirement of 24 hours for drilling in the waters off Alaska."