(Quebec) The oil exploration projects in the Gulf of St. Lawrence continue to fuel fears. For now, there is no work in progress to confirm the impending danger.
Thursday, the St. Lawrence Coalition joined the members of the fishing industry, Aboriginal communities and civil society are demanding “a suspension of oil exploration in the Gulf as a vast commission review, independent and scientific, will have demonstrated the absence of risks to the ecosystem and its natural resources. ”
The Coalition noted that thousands of jobs depend on fisheries in the Maritimes and Quebec. The associations of this economic sector have expressed their concerns in a missive sent to the Canadian government. “The St. Lawrence is a large common fishing area and no spills will be retained by provincial borders,” reported a spokesperson for the Coalition, Danielle Giroux.
“While a first drilling could soon be done at Old Harry and Quebec recently tabled a bill mirror too, allowing him to engage in oil exploration at sea, it is time to remember that the Gulf St. Lawrence ecosystem is very fragile, “said Jean-Patrick Toussaint. For Sylvain Archambault, “oil exploration should be suspended across the Gulf.”
The office of the Quebec Minister Pierre Arcand (Natural Resources), a spokesman noted that there is already a moratorium on the exploration moratorium which also includes the Old Harry deposit potential. Véronique Normandin also said that at present there is no exploratory work.
Any action in this sense can not anticipate the Strategic Environmental Assessment in the hydrocarbon folder. The report is expected by the end of the year.
It was not possible to contact a spokesman for the Newfoundland government. But no exploration drilling is not taking place, right now, on their side of the maritime boundary.
In an interview, Sylvain Archambault, the Wilderness Society and parks (SNAP) Quebec, indicated that the federal ministers have not responded to the letter that was sent to them. He acknowledged that there moratorium on exploration, but mentioned that the law-mirror, that Quebec and Ottawa have adopted independently of each other, opens a door on that possibility. The fears, he expressed, are longer-term in the case of Quebec compared to Newfoundland, where a firm eyeing Old Harry.