Offshore drilling not worth the risk: Protect communities, fisheries, tourism and climate from Big Oil

Days before tabling changes to reform environmental assessments with Bill C-69, Minister McKenna approved British Petroleum’s (BP) application to drill up to seven exploratory wells off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Bill C-69 further weakens the regulation of offshore drilling Nova Scotia by granting more power to east coast petroleum boards.

BP was responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf Coast and is now approved to drill at twice the depth of the Deepwater Horizon in offshore Nova Scotia. In the event of a “blowout” BP says it could take as many as 25 days to cap the well. This threatens our good, sustainable jobs in fisheries and tourism, as well as important marine ecosystems like the Gully Marine Protected Area.

On the campaign trail Trudeau stated that “communities would grant permission” for projects, but there have not been adequate consultations with Nova Scotians or with Indigenous peoples.

More offshore drilling is also inconsistent with our commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Please add your voice below to amplify this urgent call to action!

We, the undersigned, call on Prime Minister Trudeau to stop BP from drilling up to seven exploratory wells and institute a moratorium on oil and gas exploration in offshore Nova Scotia. We further demand an end to proposed changes under Bill C-69 that would grant east coast petroleum boards more power in the environmental assessment process for Atlantic offshore drilling.

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