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Liberals, Oil Surveys, and Right Wales

February 14th, 2018

“Is the Trudeau government attuned to the threats to marine species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from seismic surveys and drilling,” asks Michael Harris in this week’s iPolitics article, “How the federal government is doing wrong by North Atlantic right wales.” “Or Is it all political and bureaucratic razzle-dazzle while the beat from the […]

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Should Parliament Consult with First Nations when Drafting Legislation that Impacts Them?

February 1st, 2018

Our answer: Of course. The Mikisew Cree First Nation took their case to the Supreme Court of Canada this month, arguing that they have a right to be at the table for legislation relevant to their treaty rights, particularly environmental assessment, fisheries and navigable waters protection. If successful, this precedent would forever change the way […]

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SOSS Press Clippings

February 1st, 2018

Thank you to all the folks who made the media release and the protest on Jan. 24th a success! Our coverage was a big milestone in pressuring the Liberal Cabinet and PMO to keep their promise on environmental assessment. We press on! CBC Nova Scotia: Environmental groups perplexed over possible offshore assessment changes National Post: […]

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14 Days to Save The Gulf of St. Lawrence ~ urgent action!

October 4th, 2016

It’s like a bad dream that you can’t wake up from. The company that has wanted to drill in the Gulf of St. Lawrence for nine years, the same company responsible for seismic testing while the endangered blue whale was migrating, wants a new license.
This in spite of numerous calls for a moratorium on all oil and gas development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and an historic statement from the Chiefs of the Mi’qmawei Mawiomi calling for a 12-year moratorium on oil and gas in The Gulf. Read about this Sierra Club Canada Foundation campaign and send your email today!

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PEI Save Our Seas and Shores opposes new exploration license – Atlantic Accord act is being misused

September 29th, 2016

SOSS PEI urges Minister Jim Carr and Minister Siobhan Coady to refrain from approving issuance of another license to Corridor Resources for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. They argue that the provisions of the Atlantic Accord are being misused in order to circumvent the nine year maximum term of a license. “We note that, in a Canadian Press article printed in the Charlottetown Guardian on September 17, 2016, the Natural Resources Canada spokesperson is quoted as saying that the government will take into account feedback received through the Canada Gazette process in deciding whether to approve the new licence. We strongly urge you to take our concerns into account and refuse to approve the new licence for Corridor Resources on the Old Harry prospect.”

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To Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr: Stop approval of C-NLOPB’s EL license 1105

September 29th, 2016

September 28, 2016 Hon. James Gordon Carr Minister of Natural Resources Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4 Hon. Siobhan Coady Minister of Natural Resources PO Box 8700 St. John’s NL A1B 4J6 Dear Ministers Carr and Coady: Re: Proposed Issuance of New Licence (Exploration License 1105-Old Harry to Corridor Resources by Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board […]

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Gulf of St. Lawrence drilling proposal sparks anger

September 17th, 2016

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said Friday it is proposing to grant Corridor Resources a new four-year exploration licence in an area known as Old Harry because there isn’t enough time to complete consultations and an environmental assessment before its current licence expires Jan. 14.

“We’re reeling, absolutely reeling,” said Mary Gorman, co-founder of the Save our Seas and Shores Coalition, which has been pushing against the Halifax-based company’s drilling plans for the nine years it has had a licence for exploratory drilling in Old Harry.

“It’s like ‘Groundhog Day.’ You’re stuck in some kind of time warp that keeps repeating itself.”

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Lobster fisherman wary of Gulf of St. Lawrence oil drilling ~ Chronicle Herald

May 11th, 2016

Lobster fisherman wary of Gulf of St. Lawrence oil drilling FRAM DINSHAW STAFF REPORTER Published May 10, 2016 – 6:25pm Last Updated May 11, 2016 – 8:55am As lobster season gets underway Tuesday in Cape Breton, a top local fisherman is warning that oil exploration and drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence could wreak […]

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Letter to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources – time to revoke C-NLOPB’s mandate

February 4th, 2016

SOSS PEI chapter tells Natural Resources Minister Carr, and NL minister Coady that it is time to remove the C-NLOPB’s mandate pertaining to offshore oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, stating that the federal and NL governments have abrogated their responsibilities to oversee the decisions of this appointed body. Decisions, including the recent free extension of Corridor Resources licence, appear to have been rubber-stamped by the federal and NL Ministers of Natural Resources.

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Add your voice! – PEIslanders lobby Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources to remove the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board’s (C-NLOPB) mandate

February 4th, 2016

Follow PEIslander’s lead, and write two emails today! Federal Minister of Natural Resources James Carr and NL Minister of Natural Resources Siobhan Coady need to hear from you too!

Dear Ministers:

I am writing to express my support for the letter you recently received from SOSS PEI regarding the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. As outlined in the letter, the C-NLOPB has shown by its actions and decisions over the past several years that it is failing to carry out its responsibility to protect the Gulf environment. As Ministers responsible for the C-NLOPB, please act to remove the Board’s mandate pertaining to oil and gas exploration and development activities in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

(Your Name)
(Your home community and province)

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