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EU - Environment Committee calls for deep sea drilling moratorium

In the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, MEPs want a freeze on any new deep sea drilling around the EU, pending a European Commission review into existing safety and liability rules.

Environment − 28-09-2010 - 14:23
Committee: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

A non-legislative resolution on this subject - jointly submitted by Parliament's five largest political groups - was adopted in the Environment Committee with 46 votes in favour, 8 against and 3 abstentions. It will be voted in plenary next week, ahead of an EU Energy Council that is due to address the topic in mid October.

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Oil worries sweep Gulf of St. Lawrence

While much attention has been given to the deep oil well being drilled by Chevron hundreds of kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland, the Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition has been trying to stop similar exploration in shallower water much closer to the mainland.

Corridor Resources Inc. has been given the license to explore oil and gas resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in what is known as the Old Harry prospect, located midway between the Magdalen Islands and Cape Anguille in western Newfoundland.

And the folks who depend on fishing and tourism in the Gulf are not happy – especially as they watch the United States cope with the aftermath of the biggest oil spill in its history.

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Alarm bells sounded by Ms. Gorman have prompted a number of voices to join the call for a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
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Aluminum industry getting greener

Quebec's aluminum companies said yesterday they're well on their way to meeting their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Representatives of the major aluminum companies and Environment Minister Line Beauchamp held a news conference outdoors in the Old Port yesterday to announce that they are on track to meet targets set in 2007, cutting the equivalent of 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from 2008 to 2012. They will be verified by external auditors.

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John Bennett, the executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, commended aluminum companies for their efforts, but said the technology to save electricity has been around for several years.
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Quebec government imposes capital punishment on Third World workers

OTTAWA – The Quebec government may be telling itself it is protecting a few hundred jobs by funding a new asbestos mine, but in reality it means thousands of workers in developing countries will suffer and die needlessly.

"I am shocked at the behavior of Jean Charest’s government on this file,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “I find it hard to believe a man who once held my infant daughter in his hands can be so callous with lives.”
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