To the federal and provincial governments who have the jurisdiction over this issue, we submitted this letter – signed by over 1400 people in under 72 hours. It is time to stand up for the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the people who border it’s waters, and the thousands of species who call it home.

See Media Release

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To:  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,  Minister Jim Carr – Natural Resources,
Minister Dominic LeBlanc – Fisheries and Oceans and The Canadian Coast Guard,
Minister Catherine McKenna – Environment and Climate Change,
Minister Siobhan Coady – Natural Resources – Newfoundland and Labrador,
& Scott Tessier, Chair & CEO of the CNLOPB

On December 15th, 2016, in spite of receiving thousands of letters of concern from Canadians, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) announced its decision to grant a new licence to Corridor Resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The federal and provincial governments had thirty days, up until January 14th, to veto the C-NLOPB’s wrong-headed decision. We are now in the final week.

Corridor Resources has already gotten three free extensions on its licence in the Gulf. The Atlantic Accord Act only allows a company to hold onto a licence for up to nine years. Issuing a new licence to Corridor Resources is contrary to Canada’s obligation to respect the rights of Indigenous peoples, to the intent of the Accords Act, and to Canada’s commitment to expand protection of Canada’s ocean spaces.

Corridor’s time is up.

Scientists have recommended the Gulf of St. Lawrence remain off limits to oil and gas development because it is a highly productive, diverse, semi-enclosed sea home to thousands of species. The Old Harry being issued to Corridor is for work to be carried out in the migratory pathway path of the endangered blue whale.

In 2014, Chiefs of Innu, Maliseet and Mi’kmaq communities bordering the Gulf called for a 12-year moratorium on oil and gas development in the area. Their repeated calls to have their traditional territory in the Gulf acknowledged, as well as their right to consultation, have been ignored.

The counter-clockwise currents in the Gulf could carry oil spilled there to the coasts of five of Canada’s ten provinces. Seismic blasting and pollution from oil and gas development threaten thousands of jobs and multi-billion dollar tourism and fishing industries.

As far back as 2001, the all-party House of Commons Committee on Fisheries and Oceans recommended a full environmental assessment occur before oil and gas proceeds in the Gulf. This has never taken place. The Committee reaffirmed that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is responsible for expanding marine protection, protecting endangered marine life, and integrated ocean management. This responsibility is being undermined.

We are committed to working together to ensure the protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas exploration and development, and to ensuring no further damage is done.

We are calling on the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador to act immediately act to veto the licence issued to Corridor by the C-NLOPB.

With resolve, 

Sierra Club Foundation of Canada 

Chief Jean-Charles Piétacho, Council of the Innu of Ekuanitshit, on behalf of la Nation Innue

Sylvain Archambault, St. Lawrence Coalition

ECOPEI

SOSS –PEI

Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island

Ecology Action Centre

Robert Bateman, naturalist & painter

The Hon David Anderson, P.C., O.C., Victoria, B.C.

Bradley B. Walters, PhD, Professor of Geography, Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B.

Troy Jerome, Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat

Responsible Energy Action, Antigonish NS

KAIROS Halifax

Dr. Boris Worm

Dr Irene Novaczek, Marine ecologist

Dr. Lindy Weilgart

Save Our Seas and Shores

Council of Canadians

Margaree Environmental Association

Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice

CUPE – PEI

Verner Smitheram, Chair of the Friends of Covehead and Brackley Bays Watershed Association.

The Cornwall and Area Watershed Group Inc.

Cooper Institute

PEI Chapter of the Council of Canadians

South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians

Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia (CPONS)

SOSS – PEI Chapter

Gros Morne Co-operating Association

Canadian Sea Turtle Network

Catherine Russell, The Coalition for Protection of PEI Water

The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance

Sharon Murphy, PEACE-NB

Saint John Chapter of the Council of Canadians

Paul N. Belliveau, Board Chai‎r, Sentinelle Petitcodiac Riverkeeper

Conservation Council of New Brunswick

Penniac Anti-Shale-Gas Organization

Moncton Chapter of the Council of Canadians

New Brunswickers Against Fracking

Fredericton Chapter of the Council of Canadians

& the following individuals (see pdfs)

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