SEA in Newfoundland: the public consultations begin!
The 5 provinces in the Gulf should be heard.
URGENT: Public Sessions in Newfoundland (Sept. 30 - Oct. 3)
Public sessions in the other provinces (October 4-24)
The update of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Newfoundland part of the Gulf is officially underway. Some areas around the Gulf will already be visited - between September 30th and October 24th, 2012 - for public consultation sessions.
The St. Lawrence Coalition (SLC) prompted, through a press release, coastal communities to actively participate and monitor all this important process that will determine the future of the Gulf.
This consultation will allow the drafting of the "Draft 1", which will be reviewed by the CNLOPB (the Board) and a working committee. The "Draft 2" will be submitted for public comment. The "Draft 3" will be reviewed by the Board and the working committee. Then the final report will be submitted.
Press release from the Board announcing the consultations with hyperlinks to the schedule for sessions in Newfoundland and Blanc Sablon, schedule in the Maritime Provinces (schedule in Quebec not available yet).
- Report of the SEA in NL 2005 (350 pages)
- Report of the update 2007 (60 pages)
- Preliminary report of the SEA in Québec (French-full report, summary report - English and French). Please note that these reports have been the subject of consultations and criticism. The final report is expected in late 2012.
We invite you to share widely our document (friends, colleagues, network) and to send me your comments or your questions, so we can improve our work.
SLC will provide you with analysis documents later in the process of the SEA. We invite you to send us any information that you consider useful.
Participation of stakeholders (fishing and tourism industries, municipalities, NGOs, etc.) and scientists is essential, as well as all individuals concerned with the exploration and exploitation of oil/gas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We invite you to spread this information to your networks and groups and invite people to participate in the SEA for the five provinces of the Gulf.
With all my gratitude for your implication in this file,
Danielle and the team: Sylvain, Karel, Jean-Patrick, Christian, Jérôme and Patrick
Spokesperson, St. Lawrence Coalition
President, Attention FragÎles
Oil and gas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence: should we worry?
The St. Lawrence Coalition meets with environmental groups from around the gulf and tours Newfoundland to raise awareness
Magdalen Islands, April 16th 2012 - With pending oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence generating much concern, representatives of over twenty environmental groups from all five Gulf provinces will gather on April 16th in Norris Point, Western Newfoundland, for a strategic meeting. Initiated by the St. Lawrence Coalition, the meeting's foremost objective is to exchange concerns and develop strategies for the protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, including a call for a moratorium on oil and gas development.
"It will be the first time that so many environmental groups from all five provinces gather to develop strategies in order to secure a moratorium for the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence and plan specific actions both in the short and long terms. This will also be a great opportunity to establish an effective network of key players across the Gulf of St. Lawrence." said Danielle Giroux, spokesperson for the St. Lawrence Coalition.
The St. Lawrence Coalition will also be hosting three public conferences/discussions on oil and gas development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the upcoming public consultations for the Western Newfoundland Offshore Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) update. These conferences will take place in Corner Brook and Stephenville on April 17th and in St. John's on April 19th.
The Canada-Newfoundland-and-Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (The Board) is currently conducting an update of the SEA on oil and gas development in Newfoundland's sector of the Gulf and it will hold public consultations, which are likely to occur during the summer of 2012. It is essential for the public and communities to participate in large numbers if they want to have their voice heard on the future and fate of the Gulf. Unfortunately few citizens are adequately informed of these major and complex issues.
"It is essential to mobilize rapidly the Newfoundland coastal communities to inform them on these issues and motivate them to participate in the public consultations planned by the Board. Four communities in Western Newfoundland and five in other provinces have been selected to participate in preliminary consultations. Later in the process, the general public will get a chance to participate in the consultations by sending comments online. It is therefore important that people have access to the information needed to make an informed decision and voice their concerns about the future of the Gulf." said Jean-Patrick Toussaint, Science project manager at the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF).
The conferences and discussions will be given by Ms Danielle Giroux (Attention FragÎles), Sylvain Archambault (CPAWS-QC), and Jean-Patrick Toussaint (DSF-QC). The conference in St. John's will be jointly organized with Nature Newfoundland and Labrador and with the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN):
The Gulf of St. Lawrence: Exploring the risks of oil and gas development in a unique and fragile ecosystem
- Corner Brook : Tuesday, April 17th at 12:30 pm, Grenfell Campus Room 3019, Forest Centre, Corner Brook
- Stephenville : Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 pm, College of the North Atlantic, Room 143, DSB Fowlow Building, 432 Massachussetts Dr., Stephenville
- St. John's, Thursday, April 19that 7:00 pm, Memorial University, Room SN 2109, Science Building, Prince Philip Drive, St. John's
To view the poster announcing the conferences, please click here.
Content temporarily available only in French : Critiques EES
Oil and gas in the Gulf :
Conference tour by the St. Lawrence Coalition in Québec's coastal communities
To motivate participation in the upcoming government public consultations
Magdalen Islands, September 6th, 2011 - The St. Lawrence Coalition will give a series of conferences on oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the upcoming public consultations to be conducted by the Quebec government. The conference tour will visit various communities in the Gaspé, North Shore and Bas-St. Laurent regions.
The Quebec government is currently conducting a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) on oil and gas development in Quebec's sector of the Gulf and it will hold public consultations from October 3rd to November 18th 2011. It is essential for the public to participate in large numbers. Unfortunately few citizens are adequately informed of these major and complex issues.
"It is essential to mobilize rapidly the Gulf coastal communities to inform them on these issues and motivate them to participate in the public consultations planned by the Quebec government in October and November 2011, as well as in the upcoming Newfoundland public consultations. Unfortunately, only certain selected coastal communities will be visited by these public consultations. We hope everybody else in Quebec will hear the call as they will only be consulted on the web."
The Gulf of St. Lawrence is still free of any oil and gas exploitation, but things could change soon: Newfoundland is currently evaluating an exploratory drilling project on the Old Harry prospect, in the middle of the Gulf. For its part, Quebec doesn't hide that it sees favourably the arrival of this industry and argues that it could profit all of Quebec. The decision to develop or not this industry should be a well informed decision made by all coastal communities around the Gulf, including the five provinces.
The information conferences will be given by Ms Danielle Giroux who has been closely interested in these issues since 2003. Ms. Giroux will leave the Magdalen Islands to visit the Gaspe region during the week of September 12th 2011. She will then visit the Bas-St.-Laurent in the week of September 19th and the North Shore region during the week of September 26th. A dozen conferences will be freely offered to all.
"In the Magdalen Islands, elected representatives and citizens are already well informed and preoccupied by an eventual development of this industry close to their shores. We now have to inform other communities around the Gulf, elected representatives, fishermen, First Nations, scientists, other stakeholders and citizens. By this conference tour, we wish to convince them of the importance to participate in the upcoming public consultations" adds Ms Giroux.
This conference tour benefits from the help of various partners such as the Conseil régional de l'environnement Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, the Conseil régional de l'environnement du Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Conseil régional de l'environnement de la Côte-Nord.
The conferences will be given in french.
To obtain the schedule of conferences, click here .
Download tour 2011 presentation here
Important: We need a federal review panel – help us make it happen!
We are contacting you to help us with a small gesture, one that will be crucial in determining the future of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
· The firm, Corridor Resources, is in the process of conducting an impact study for its exploratory drilling project at the Old Harry prospect in the Newfoundland part of the Gulf.
· The impact study does not examine the Gulf as a whole, even though the impacts from the industry will affect the entire Gulf and the five coastal provinces.
· There will be no public hearings with the coastal communities of the five concerned provinces.
· The Old Harry project must be referred to a federal review panel that will include broad consultation with the communities of the five provinces of the Gulf as well as an environmental assessment conducted by independent members.
· The federal Minister of the Environment can create such a panel if one of two criteria is met:
1. if there is a risk that the project will cause significant negative environmental effects;
2. if public concerns warrant it.
· We believe that, in this case, both criteria are met and that we have an excellent chance of obtaining a review panel.
· Therefore, we must, in very large number, communicate our concerns to the federal Minister of the Environment and request that he opts for this panel!
· Anyone can make a request: associations, organizations, political parties, municipalities, individuals, etc.
· Many groups have already submitted their requests such as the Conseil d’agglomération des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, the Fédération Québécoise des Municipalités, and very recently, the Canada-Newfoundland-and-Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, which mentioned they had never seen a project generating so many concerns!
· Personalize the draft letter by replacing red capital text with the correct information. Ideally, add the mission of your organization and highlight the concerns most relevant to your sector of activity.
· Send everything to the following three people (important!):
§ Peter Kent, Federal Minister of the Environment,: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Max Ruelokke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CNLOPB: email@example.com
- Elaine Feldman, President, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Invite your contacts to do the same!
A press release has been sent to provide information about our plan of action and invite the public to request a review panel. We also sent an invitation to Premiers of the five Provinces bordering the Gulf who must support such a request.
Obtaining the review panel is the only legal opportunity through which we can work collectively to decide whether or not to develop this new energy source in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Your support is therefore essential.
Don’t forget, our actions can make a difference!
Yours, with hope,
Danielle and all the team: Karel, Jean-Patrick, Christian, Sylvain, Jérôme and Patrick