The meeting of G7 Environment, Oceans and Energy Ministers is happening in Halifax this week, and yesterday they held an expo at our recently-completed P3 Trade Centre.
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New Brunswick is in the midst of a provincial election, and chapters have been mobilizing in their communities to get people engaged in the issues and calling on their candidates be clear on their stance regarding fracking, glyphosate spraying, democracy and many other issues.
Over the summer, the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) – a project of the South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians – engaged with 18 coastal municipal councils in the southwestern region of Nova Scotia to propose they send letters to the province calling for a public inquiry into offshore drilling.
The Town of Shelburne was the first to pick up on this request and call for a public inquiry in a letter sent to the Premier on September 06th. Residents who reached out to Council were displeased with the lack of public input or consultation, especially the risks to the local economy (which depends predominantly on fisheries and tourism).
In unsurprising news, late Sunday evening the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) gave BP Canada approval to recommence their drilling operations offshore Nova Scotia, southwest of the Sable Island National Park Reserve.
In their news statement yesterday, the CNSOPB states “The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board’s (CNSOPB) ongoing investigation into the unauthorized discharge of drilling mud that was reported on June 22, 2018 has determined the cause to be a loose connection in the mud booster line. The purpose of the mud booster line is to pump drilling mud into the riser to lift drill cuttings from the well to the drilling unit for processing.” They go on to list a number of steps BP has committed to ensure this particular type of accident won’t happen again.
Today, I am fasting to raise awareness and build resistance to the Muskrat Falls project. I join others including Emma Webb, Chris White and members of Solidarity Halifax, and those who fasted before me and those who will fast after - much love and respect to you all.
The call-out from the LLP and Grand Riverkeeper came a few months ago, a realization that they have exhausted all avenues to stop the Muskrat Falls project but their resolve to stopping it remains unchanged. We knew we needed to step up and support this Day of Action, to help amplify the voices that are not being heard by the decision-makers including elected members of government and monopoly power companies.
Council of Canadians’ Moncton chapter chair Pamela Ross joined CUPE-New Brunswick to present before Moncton City Council last night about the city’s P3 water contract, which is coming up for renewal in 2019. Gabrielle Ross-Marquette (researcher for CUPE-NB) and Leo Melanson (President of CUPE local 51 - Moncton’s outside workers) were presenting on behalf of CUPE, who has been actively raising awareness on this issue.
Leo Melanson, Gabrielle Ross-Marquette and Pamela Ross present before Moncton City Council on Monday, May 7th 2018.
Despite the sombre tone and the reality that BP’s Seadrill-commissioned West Aquarius arriving in Nova Scotia waters, people came out ready to party and really let BP know they’re unwelcome to exploit our offshore. Unwelcome to threaten Mi’kmaki with another potential catastrophic Gulf of Mexico-style disaster. Unwelcome to destroy our marine ecosystem. Unwelcome to risk the fishery and tourism industries, also known as the backbone of our economy.
We found out last week that the West Aquarius had begun the trip from Bay Bulls NL to our waters, a bold move at 260,000$/day without the approval from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (read our response here). Unsurprisingly, that approval came on Saturday.
Last week was an intense whirlwind of travelling through snowstorms on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore to attend meetings and public events, along the way taking in an overwhelming amount of knowledge and information about what the offshore oil industry could mean for our province, with a focus on what is at risk.