Groups want oil and gas moratorium

Groups want oil and gas moratorium by Chris Hayes, October 10, 2012, Cape Breton Post
SYDNEY — Foes of oil and gas development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence plan to raise their concerns today in Sydney, where the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board will hold a public session. Like the groups Save Our Seas and Shores, the Sierra Club Atlantic, and Council of Canadians, which will also be present in Sydney, Nash is calling for a moratorium on oil and gas development in the gulf, where Corridor Resources Inc. plans to drill an exploratory well in the Old Harry area. … “If there is going to be anything, we want to make sure our people will be looked after as well as anybody because we will be big-time affected if there is anything that happens there in the future,” he said. Fishermen are also concerned about the possibility of contamination by drilling muds, which are fluids used to lubricate drill pipes and balance reservoir pressure, he said. … The coalition of groups said it is calling on the federal government to get rid of unelected provincial petroleum boards and to reinstate federal marine protection in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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