Call for a Moratorium on Oil and Gas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Submit Your Comments to the C-NLOPB Today!
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board is accepting comments on their strategic environmental assessment for oil and gas off Western Newfoundland. Although we question the legitimacy of the consultation process, our silence could mean rigs are allowed in to our Gulf as soon as next year!
Please write your comments to the Board by emailing here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure to CC: Stephen Harper - Prime Minister of Canada: email@example.com, Thomas Mulcair - Leader of the New Democratic Party: firstname.lastname@example.org, Bob Rae - Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada: email@example.com, Vivian Barbot - Leader of the Bloc Québécois: firstname.lastname@example.org, Elizabeth May - Leader of the Green Party of Canada: email@example.com, Hon. Kathy Dunderdale- Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador: firstname.lastname@example.org, Hon. Pauline Marois - Premier of Québec: email@example.com, Hon. Darryl Dexter - Premier of Nova Scotia: firstname.lastname@example.org, Hon. Robert Ghiz - Premier of Prince Edward Island: email@example.com, Hon. David Alward - Premier of New Brunswick: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Ask for the Board to tell you how your comments are being used to protect the Gulf and let them know consultation process was inadequate (Federal Envirnment Minister Kent stated that "thorough consulation" was required as part of the assessment);
2. 2. Endangered blue whales are found in the Gulf - and their migratory pathway is right next to where they want to drill. Lots of other endangered and theatenned species are found there too like leatherback turtles and imperiled cod stocks: how will these species be protected?
3. How will coastal communities and national treasures, like Gros Morne National Park, be protected from a massive spill like BP’s?
4. Tell them you want a moratorium as this is the only way to protect this precious ecosystem, shared by five of Canada's provinces.
For more detals on the Western Newfoundland Strategic Envirnmental Assessment, please go here:
The Gulf contains a variety of habitats, ranging from deep-sea corals to sandy clam beds, and is home to over 2000 marine species - including the endangered blue whale and imperiled cod stocks.
Five Canadian provinces bound the Gulf: Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Ocean currents in Gulf mean that what happens in one part of the Gulf could impact the entire region.
Right now, however, offshore oil and gas regulators act like their “piece” of the Gulf has no connection with the others: as a result, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, acting alone, allowed seismic testing to go ahead at an oil lease in the middle of the Gulf - known as "Old Harry" - in October 2010.
Organizations, scientists, and concerned individuals have joined together to stop oil and gas in the Gulf. Our worst fear is that a spill on a scale of that which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico would damage the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence. We need your help now to stop oil and gas in the Gulf!
Write to the Prime Minister, Federal Party Leaders, and Gulf Premiers:
Contact info for the leaders:
Prime Minsiter Stephen Harper, email@example.com
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloc Quebecois Leader Daneile Paillé (online form): http://www.blocquebecois.org/joindre.aspx
LIberal Leader Bob Rae, email@example.com
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca
NS Premier Darrell Dexter firstname.lastname@example.org
NL Premier Kathy Dunderdale, email@example.com
NB Premier David Alward, firstname.lastname@example.org
PEI Premier Robert Ghiz email@example.com
Premier Jean Charest (Online form) http://www.premier-ministre.gouv.qc.ca/premier-ministre/joindre-pm/index.asp
You can use our draft letter to get you atarted, but please remember, personalized letters expressing your concerns are far more effective!
Dear Prime Minister Harper, Federal Party Leaders, and Gulf Premiers,
I am writing to ask you to act immediately to stop oil and gas exploration and development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We witnessed a global environmental catastrophe and loss of human life due to the disastrous BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I want you to make sure a similar disaster will not happen here.
The Gulf of St. Lawrence is a unique and highly productive ecosystem, bounded by five Canadian provinces. Over 2000 marine species live in the Gulf, including the endangered blue whale and severely imperiled cod stocks. The Gulf ecosystem supports thousands of jobs and supports multi-million dollar industries such as fishing and tourism. This vibrant, shared ecosystem should not be placed at risk.
Right now, the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board is considering allowing exploratory drilling at the Old Harry lease, in the middle of the Gulf. This ecosystem is simply too productive and unique to be placed at risk.
I am asking that a moratorium be placed on oil and gas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I am also asking that federal and provincial leaders take action to work together to protect this shared ecosystem. I look forward to your response.
[Your Name & Contact Information]
Write a Letter to the Editor of Your Local Paper
Be sure to say:
How much the Gulf of St. Lawrence means to you.
Ask for an immediate stop to oil and gas exploration and development in the Gulf.
Why oil and gas should not be allowed to jeopordize this unique and productive ecosystem. Some of the major concerns include:
- damage caused by seismic blasting, which alters feeding and migration patterns for fish and marine mammals;
- the risk if a disastrous oil spill in the Gulf;
- and the threat to livilihoods based on a healthy Gulf, such as fishing and tourism.
Ask when they will act on recent recommendations of an independent review of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, calling for a separate, arms-length body to regulate safety in the offshore oil industry (find out more here.)
Ask that our federal and provincial leaders join toghether to protect this this precious, shared ecosystem.
As a grassroots organization working to be a Voice for the Earth, the Sierra Club needs your help to protect the Gulf.
We need your support to make sure oil and gas is never allowed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Help make our voice stronger.