Media Releases

Federal, Provincial Governments Have 30 Days to Protect the Gulf

Blue Whale tail flukes

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.

Twelve Municipal Governments In Nova Scotia Call For Offshore Drilling Inquiry

Twelve Municipal Governments In Nova Scotia Call For Offshore Drilling Inquiry

November 5, 2019

Media Release

 

This afternoon in advance of the start of the Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities fall conference in Halifax, several south shore and west nova municipalities gathered to call on the Federal and Provincial governments to initiate a public inquiry into offshore drilling.

Liberal Government Accepts Pro-Oil Amendments to Bill C-69

Liberal Government Accepts Pro-Oil Amendments to Bill C-69
REGULATORS CAN NOW CHAIR REVIEW PANELS!

K’jipuktuk/Halifax: The federal government has rejected a number of amendments from the Senate, but not all. Life cycle regulator appointees can now chair review panels. The four life cycle regulators mentioned in the Bill C-69 are the Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Petroleum Boards, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the new Canadian Energy Regulator.

Offshore Alliance message to Senators: It’s time to rein in the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB)

K'jipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 23, 2019 – A coalition of fishers, fish plant operators and workers, tourism operators, scientists, environmental organizations and communities will be delivering a message to a Senate committee that is meeting in Halifax this week - the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) can’t be both a regulator and a promoter of offshore oil and gas drilling.

 

Stop Gambling on Big Oil, Invest in Nova Scotia

K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) – News of BP Canada’s dry well offshore Nova Scotia is an opportunity for change, according to the Offshore Alliance, a coalition representing fishermen, environmental groups, and coastal communities. But that’s not the end of offshore drilling in Nova Scotia - BP has permission to drill six more wells, and Equinor (formerly StatOil) is planning seismic blasting in waters adjacent to George’s Bank.

Defending a charity's right to engage in public policy advocacy

Huffington Post quotes Gretchen Fitzgerald, Sierra Club Canada's national program director, on the issue of blocking charities from public policy dialogue:

"Instead of bringing legislation to "allow charities to pursue their charitable purposes by engaging in non-partisan political activities and in the development of public policy," as Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier's office promised in August, the Liberals are instead proposing new rules that recreate an untenable situation, said Gretchen Fitzgerald, the Sierra Club's national program director.