I was involved in the UNBC Northern Land Use Institute - Northern Coastal Information and Research Program (offshore oil and gas - OOG) - for 2 years I was absolutely STEEPED in OOG issues.
I participated in meetings in several communities surrounding the Queen Charlotte Basin, a familiarity tour of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and researched/submitted to the Public Review Panel of the moratorium on offshore oil and gas.
Key points I learned:
Hecate Strait is NOT “offshore” - the fisheries conducted there are called “inshore”
There is no Pacific Accord - which would HAVE TO include First Nations signatories - we cannot make the same mistake made by the Labrador Inuit who were shut out of the Atlantic Accord
The offshore industry does NOT send greenhorns out to offshore rigs/floating operations - remember the Ocean Ranger - crew for those operations can be flown in for their month shift, then flown back home…to Brazil, South Africa, Calgary, where ever they live
Guysborogh County (Nova Scotia) has learned that the industry will appeal and fight any property taxes from land based operations
OOG industry uses its own version of the English language, as set out in the Prov/Fed agreements derived from the Atlantic Accord - “local” means you have had a post office box for 6 months
The Canada/Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board says that they will not allow seismic testing when there are marine mammals in the area, during spawning season, over nursery areas and over migratory routes…which describes nearly every square meter of the Hecate Strait.
The Royal Society of Canada’s Science Review had two main conclusions:
Conclusion 1) Provided an adequate regulatory regime is put in place, there are no science gaps that need to be filled before lifting the moratoria on oil and gas development. – note: “adequate regulatory regime” requires a Pacific Accord
Conclusion 2) The present restriction on tanker traffic in transit along the West Coast of North America from entering the coastal zone should be maintained for the time being. – note: since most spills happen in transit, less so in extraction
8 ) Very few (if any) local jobs, minimal revenue returns (only what can be negotiated between Prov/Fed/First Nations), complete lack of baseline science, oh…and a well understood FACT that oil and gas is NON-RENEWABLE and VERY COSTLY.
- Then there are the 70% PLUS of the BC population opposed…
LINKS - for anyone interested in looking into it for themselves…I have more too
…don’t EVER just take someone’s word for it…think for yourselves.
For any interested in the results of the UNBC program and its efforts to ‘increase the knowledge base’ on the issue of OOG please check out this site.
Royal Society of Canada reports:
rsc.ca//index.php?lang_id=1& … 115#report