On November 16th, Husky Energy spilled 250,000 litres of oil 350 km offshore Newfoundland and Labrador - the largest offshore oil spill in Canada’s history.
The world’s oceans are symphonies of sound. Light doesn’t travel very far, so almost everything that lives in the ocean relies on sound to navigate their environment.
In response to the Maritimes Energy Association’s conference on October 2-3, where BP and a number of other fossil fuel companies funded conversations about ‘setting the stage’ for our energy future, we hosted a number of events to show that offshore drilling should be part of our past, not our future.
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.
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.
November 1st 2019
Twelve NS municipal governments call for offshore drilling inquiry
What: A press conference announcing that 12 municipal governments from Chester to Digby have called on the provincial and federal governments to launch a public inquiry into the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of offshore drilling and exploration in Nova Scotia’s waters.
Why is offshore drilling not worth the risk? Who carries these risks? Who is fighting back against the offshore industry?
Tourism industry relies on pristine beaches, oil-free shores, positive perception of Nova Scotia’s coasts
Mahone Bay and Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia – More than 50 people set out from Mahone Bay and Lower Prospect today to defend their communities, the lobster fishery, and the coastally-dependent tourism industry from the risks of offshore drilling.
Yesterday I had the chance to travel to Plympton, Nova Scotia, to meet with Marilynn-Leigh Francis, a lobster fisher and treaty rights holder. She has been fishing for lobster in St Mary’s Bay her whole life, and bringing her three nephews along with her since they were children.