Angela Giles's blog
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.
A media release from the Offshore Alliance went out this morning to outline why they decided not to engage in a public relations meeting with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB), calling the consultation 'a sham.'
The Wolastoq grandmothers holding down the camp at the Sisson Brook Mine are calling the place ‘Macehcwik sipohsisol’ (ma-jedge-eh-wig zeeboo-zeezil), meaning ‘where the brooks begin’. Ramona Nicholas of Tobique First Nation explained that there are at least three brooks starting in the area, and along with the land and ecosystem, all would be threatened by the project.
Around 130 people attended a session held Sunday afternoon by the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS) and the South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians, called “Do Oil and Water Mix: A strategy session to protect our offshore?”.
Organizations, community leaders and people in positions of power came to mingle (there were booths set up by allied organizations like the Sierra Club, the Ecology Action Centre, etc.), to hear from an excellent panel of speakers, and to participate in a discussion about what we can contribute to this movement.
Speakers on the panel were
As members of the St. Lawrence Coalition, we have been working to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence against oil and gas and in particular against Corridor Resources who has held a nine-year exploration license for the area known as Old Harry. To this end, today we sent a letter to the Canada-Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) to express our opposition with a new four-year license the C-NLOPB is considering and may be deciding as soon as tomorrow.
In a news article late this afternoon, CBC indicates that the financial terms between the City of Saint John and the private consortium who won the contract to upgrade the city's water delivery system were settled just last week. The finalized documents will be discussed at the Saint John Council meeting tonight.
Last Friday was the deadline for public submissions to the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing, the province’s 3-person panel regarding the future of the fracking industry in the province. Despite feeling fresh of the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracking Review Panel public consultation train, we also made a detailed submission from the Council of Canadians to the NB Commission.
Today marks the launch of a new website in support of the Red Head event as well as mobilizing against Energy East in New Brunswick overall: www.noenergyeastNB.ca. You can RSVP to the event and receive up-to-date information about the event via email and/or text, to help you plan your participation!
And with just over 2 weeks to go before the big march and rally to the #EndOfTheLine in Red Head NB, endorsements of the event and support for the community is piling in.