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Oil exploration licence at Old Harry - Enviro groups sue over drilling in Gulf of St. Lawrence

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The Gulf of St. Lawrence, home to thousands of species, with robust fishing and tourism industries as well as Indigenous harvest must be protected from risky oil exploration, groups say.

TORONTO – Environmental groups took legal action today against the renewal of an exploration licence at Old Harry to protect the Gulf of St Lawrence — home to more than 4,000 species including blue whale, salmon and cod — from unlawful oil exploration.  

Federal, Provincial Governments Have 30 Days to Protect the Gulf

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Sierra Club Canada Foundation has learned that the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board will take the unprecedented step of issuing a new license for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Corridor Resources. In the last nine years, Corridor has been granted three free extensions on its license in the Gulf, and has reached the maximum term set out in the Accords Act for holding an offshore exploration license.

Scientists raise the alarm about seismic blasting near newly discovered population of endangered whales

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016

Halifax, NS -

Scientists studying Northern bottlenose whales are alarmed about seismic surveys (used to find oil and gas deposits below the sea floor) and where they are being conducted in the marine regions off Newfoundland. The lack of consistent application of mitigation measures is raising further alarms that populations are being harmed even before they can be adequately studied and identified.

1400+ sign open letter urging the federal and provincial Ministers of Natural Resources to veto oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence as deadline nears

In response to the deafening silence from the federal and provincial Ministers of Natural Resources, Sierra Club Canada Foundation has lead one final effort to bring forward the concerns of Canadians, experts, and environmental groups.  We have gathered the signatures of over 1400 groups and individuals calling for the rejection of the new Corridor Resources licence and a moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Watch For Wildlife While Driving This Thanksgiving Weekend

A new program from Sierra Club is asking Nova Scotian drivers to take extra care to prevent wildlife collisions over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

“Summer may seem like the high season for wildlife on roads, but many species are on the move in October and November and the result is a higher than average rate of collisions – especially with deer,” according to Wanda Baxter, Watch for Wildlife Program Manager. “We are asking drivers to keep an eye out for wildlife while driving over the Thanksgiving weekend and through November.”

Liquid Nuclear Waste Convoys: A Threat to the Waters of the Great Lakes

Over two dozen non-governmental organizations from Canada and the United States are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama to postpone or cancel an unprecedented series of shipments of highly radioactive liquid waste from Ontario to South Carolina along public roads and over bridges crossing the waters of the Great Lakes. 

Good News for Canada’s Environmental Assessment Law: No Cash Advance for Bilcon

Federal Court of Canada rejects Bilcon’s application to stay proceedings, denying the Delaware company an early pay day

The Sierra Club Canada Foundation and East Coast Environmental Law (ECELAW) and their legal council at EcoJustice are applauding the recent decision to proceed with a federal court process to determine if the decision to reject the Digby Quarry was in line with our obligations under NAFTA.

Energy east hearings start with questions but few answers

SAINT JOHN, NB - Energy East Pipeline hearings left questions unanswered for intervenors from Sierra Club Canada Foundation yesterday in Saint John, NB. Emma Hebb, Chair of the Atlantic Canada Chapter and Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Program Director participated In the first day of National Energy Board Panel sessions aimed at gathering local knowledge and addressing questions left unanswered byTransacada's environmental impact assessment.