Members of CPONS have been working hard to raise awareness about offshore drilling through their lawn sign campaign, and have been working to engage municipal governments in the effort to protect offshore Nova Scotia for years.
Both the Municipality of the District of Shelburne and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg voted in support of a moratorium on offshore drilling until the completion of a "full and independent public inquiry into the pros and cons of oil industry exploration" offshore Nova Scotia.
These motions come after years of tireless work by the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) and the Clean Ocean Action Committee to build awareness of and opposition to offshore drilling.
The Districts of Shelburne and Lunenburg are not the first municipal governments to speak up about the many risks of offshore drilling: the Town of Shelburne (not to be confused with the rural district of Shelburne that passed the motion on Monday) has also called for an inquiry, and both the towns of Mahone Bay and Lunenburg called for a review of legislation and decisions making processes around offshore drilling, and the Municipality of the County of Kings is writing a letter to federal and provincial representatives to outline their concerns about offshore drilling.
The District of Shelburne council minutes are not posted online yet, but I’ll update this blog to include the minutes as soon as they are available.
Learn more about the growing resistance to offshore drilling on October 3rd in Mahone Bay or October 4th in Halifax! Click here for event details.
And if you want one of the beautiful lawn signs featured above, click here!