Tell Environment Minister Peter Kent to Get to Work to Protect the Gulf!

Action Deadline: 
Thu, 2011-09-15 23:00

In June, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board cried “uncle” and asked for the federal Environment Minister to conduct an environmental assessment of the impacts of exploratory drilling at a site called Old Harry located tens of kilometres from the coast of Newfoundland, Cape Breton, PEI and the Magdelen Islands.

Without this intervention, exploratory drilling could have proceeded as soon as next year.

In its letter to federal Environment Minister Peter Kent, the C-NLOPB stated that they had never received as many letters of concern about an offshore oil project before: for all those who wrote in - it worked! Now we just have to keep it up!

We need your help to convince federal Environment Minister Peter Kent to establish a valid environmental assessment to truly determine the risks of offshore oil development to the Gulf. A spill one tenth of the size of the BP oil spill would affect the coastlines of all five provinces around the Gulf.

What do we want you to do?


Speak Up for the Gulf!

Call Environment Minister Kent and ask for a full joint review panel environmental assessment for oil and gas development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Tell him and his staff that you don’t think we can risk this precious ecosystem and that we need everyone around the Gulf engaged in protecting it.

Honourable Peter Kent's telephone number: 1-819-997-1441

You can also write a letter or email.

Here is a sample letter:

The Honourable Peter Kent
Minister of the Environment
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H3


To the Honourable Minister Kent,

I am writing to express my deep concern that the Gulf of St. Lawrence be protected from oil and gas development. I urge you to act immediately to establish a joint review panel environmental assessment with representatives from all five provinces that bound the Gulf. The panel must also include representation from Aboriginal communities that have traditionally relied on this vibrant and diverse ecosystem.

Article 28 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires the Minister of the Environment to conduct environmental assessment when a project can have significant adverse environmental effects or if public concerns warrant further assessment. In the case of oil and gas development in the Gulf, both conditions are met.

I look forward to receiving your response to my concerns.




Max Ruelokke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CNLOPB:
Elaine Feldman, President, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency:
Stephen Harper - Prime Minister of Canada:
Jack Layton - Leader of the New Democratic Party:
Bob Rae - Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada:
Vivian Barbot - Leader of the Bloc Québécois:
Elizabeth May - Leader of the Green Party of Canada:
Hon. Kathy Dunderdale- Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador:
Hon. Jean Charest - Premier of Québec:
Hon. Darryl Dexter - Premier of Nova Scotia:
Hon. Robert Ghiz - Premier of Prince Edward Island:
Hon. David Alward - Premier of New Brunswick:

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Support Sierra Club Atlantic's Small Change Fund proposal, Prevent an Offshore Drilling Disaster Gulf of St. Lawrence Solidarity Project.

Donate, share with friends on Twitter and Facebook, and make comments online. The more the word spreads, the greater the chance we will be able to carry out this crucially important work! 


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