CANADA / NOVA SCOTIA SPECIAL ONLINE FEATURE


SEISMIC OIL & GAS TESTING: THE PEOPLE'S OPPOSITION TO THE PLUNDER OF THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE

After a four-year battle, Cape Breton Island joined the Deep South of the United States and several Third World countries when the federal and provincial Nova Scotia government on November 28, 2003 opened the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to become one of the few places on the globe where oil and gas exploration is allowed close to shore. The waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, technically an inland sea of Canada, and one of the largest inland seas in the world, are being occupied by American oil companies who consider it international waters. A very dangerous potential exists to silently annex the entire St. Lawrence Basin to the continental United States, from the open Atlantic through the St. Lawrence Seaway more than 1,000 miles inland to the Great Lakes.

The decision by the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) has sparked open outrage, ongoing demonstrations and court challenges from Nova Scotian fishermen's unions, the Mi'kmaq First Nations, environmentalists, scientists, priests and residents of Inverness and Antigonish counties.

Shunpiking Online is providing up-to-date reports from our correspondents, materials from Shunpiking Magazine and the Inverness Oran regarding the current situation as well as maps, photos, analyses, in-depth background info, and more. The documentation printed below clearly reveals the incoherence of the governing bodies in attempting to legitimize their activities, and their aims. Further in-depth documentation will be posted continuously at www.shunpiking.org. News briefs in terms of the Québec estaury of the St. Lawrence may be found online at the bilingual www.Whales-online.net website from Tadoussac.


Nova Scotians, Québecois outraged at seismic testing -- Fishermen, scientists, ecologists, priests speak out
Four years in the battle for our shores (Part One)
(1/20/04) By TONY SEED

Seismic tests, chemical munitions and the fishermen.
(12/03/03) By MYLES KEHOE

Half-truths and deception in the service of the oil multinationals
By BILL MACDONALD

"Consultation" -- a "waste of time": No more window dressing
By JEFF BROWNSTEIN

Letter of scientist to Premier Hamm about seismic.
By RON LOUCKS, Ph.D.

Seismic tests and marine life
By BETH CAMERON

Not at all costs!
By PRIESTS OF INVERNESS DEANERY

Premier ignores fishermen's pleas for emergency meeting
By the ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE

Nova Scotia premier sneaks out back door to avoid looking at science
By the ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE

Thousands of North Americans express concern
By the ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE

Seismic blasting off Cape Breton
Press release from the Sierra Club of Canada

FROM OUR ARCHIVES
'The Battle at Our Shores'
By GARY ZATZMAN, shunpiking, July, 2002

Those who are saying NO TO DFO!
Oil and gas exploration: who is at the helm? By MARY J. GORMAN, shunpiking, September, 2000. PDF Format (2 files, 913k & 457k)

Mi'kmaq, fishermen condemn new U.S. oil tests
September, 2000

"Fishermen say NO to oil-gas exploration on Cape Bretonís Coastline"
North of Smokey Fishermenís Association, September 7, 2000

Native and non-native fishers unite against oil and gas monopolies
By Tony Seed, shunpiking, July, 2000

Fishers, Miíkmaq, environmentalists challenge petroleum board, leases
By Tony Seed, shunpiking, February-March, 2000

Documentation
Write On! The oil and gas hearings in Cape Breton By Tony Seed, shunpiking, January, 2002, shunpiking

This is not co-existence, it is take-over
By MARY GORMAN and PERCY HAYNE*. January 16, 2002

"The only co-existence we are interested in negotiating at this time is with First Nations"
By LEONARD LEBLANC. Brief of the Gulf NS Fleet Planning Board to the "Public Review Commission". January 22, 2002

"As the ocean goes, so goes the land: destroy the sea, and the land goes with it"
Statement by Dr. CHRISTOPHER W. CLARK to the "Public Review Commission"

Crude Costs
A Framework for a Full-Cost Accounting Analysis of Oil and Gas Exploration Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. PDF format (large download, 2.2 mb)



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