Response of Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to Open Letter Requesting Stop to Oil and Gas Exploration in Gulf of St. Lawrence
Dear Ms. Gorman:
Thank you for your correspondence of September 14 and 16, 2010, regarding the Gulf of St. Lawrence oil and gas regulatory regime.
I share your views regarding the importance of the Gulf of St. Lawrence marine ecosystem and the value it holds for the many communities that have relied upon it for generations. Like many Canadians, I have been deeply concerned by the accident that has taken place in the Gulf of Mexico and would not want to see a similar accident take place in Canada's marine waters.
Domestically, Canada has a strong regulatory regime overseeing all offshore oil and gas activities occurring in federal or jointly shared waters. This regime is specifically aimed at ensuring high standards for safety, environmental protection and sound management of petroleum resources.
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Two Calgarians and one Ontario aboriginal will help decide the economic future of coastal B.C. They've been appointed to assess one of the most controversial energy projects in the province's history.
Their recommendations could determine whether federal policymakers approve plans by Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. to build a pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the west coast, and then ship fossil fuels on supertankers to Asia. The proposal carries huge environmental risks. It also revives a fiery economic debate.
How do you develop a pristine eco-system? Or do you develop it at all?... Read more »
Can a bunch of green snappers save the Great Bear?
The International League of Conservation Photographers hopes so.
For a few weeks now, its snappers have been deploying themselves across Canada's Great Bear Rainforest, documenting its wild nature and the people who live in, and sometimes off, the forest.
I had the privilege of visiting the Great Bear, on the coast of British Columbia, about four years ago, for a radio series on sustainable forestry.
It is vast, still, full of understated life; simply, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. "Privilege"? Absolutely.
The League's members clearly feel the same way; but they have a purpose in saying so.... Read more »
Migration of Endangered Blue Whale Threatened: Environmental Groups call on Newfoundland and Canada not to Approve Seismic Blasting
As a growing number of individuals and organizations call for a moratorium on testing and drilling for oil in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Atlantic Canadian environmental groups are calling on the Newfoundland and Canadian governments not to allow an imminent seismic blasting survey.
Plans are underway to proceed with seismic blasting off Western Newfoundland in the habitat of the endangered blue whale and other sensitive species. An application from Corridor Resources to conduct a geohazard survey is currently before the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board-http://www.cnlopb.nl.ca/env_active.shtml
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Addresses some important questions about the status and future of Alberta’s Threatened grizzly bear population. Although a great deal of important research about the size and structure of the grizzly bear population has recently been completed, many concerns still remain about the adequacy of the province’s efforts to provide enough protection for grizzlies and their habitat to allow recovery. Report draws from the best-available science and successful experiences in the United States. Written by Jeff Gailus and jointly published by Sierra Club Canada and six other North American, national and provincial environmental organizations.