Online edition of Shunpiking
Thursday, Jan 01, 2004
Seismic blasting off Cape Breton
Press release from the Sierra Club of Canada
(OTTAWA, December, 2003) -- At the end of November, the pro-industry regulator, the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB), issued a permit to allow Corridor Resources to shoot seismic air guns in the coastal waters of Cape Breton Island's western shores and removed prohibitions that had protected the east coast as well.
The board ignored the advice of the department of Fisheries and Oceans scientists, the report of the Science Review Working Group and many independent scientists in issuing the permit. Scientists warn of potential and serious harm to whales, hake, cod, herring and the very lucrative snow crab fishery.
Corridor, which had announced in mid-October it would not likely even apply for a permit, did so on October 23, 2003. The CNSOPB rushed through the approval process. What usually takes 90 days, they did in a month.
OUTRAGE IS SWEEPING THROUGH THE SMALL FISHING COMMUNITIES OF CAPE BRETON. THE LARGEST TOURISM ASSOCIATION IN THE PROVINCE HAS DENOUNCED THE DECISION. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF WESTERN CAPE BRETON HAS CALLED FOR A MORATORIUM.
PRESSURE FROM ACROSS CANADA IS URGENTLY NEEDED TO CANCEL THESE PERMITS AND DECLARE A MORATORIUM ON OIL AND GAS ACTIVITIES TO PROTECT THE WHOLE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE.
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PRIME MINISTER PAUL MARTIN'S OFFICE: 613-992-4284
CANADA'S ENVIRONMENT MINISTER, DAVID ANDERSON: 819-997-1441
AND PREMIER JOHN HAMM: 902-424-6600