I highly recommend you take a few minutes to read this piece by Joel Ballard from The National Observer. It is an impressive piece of journalism.
BP (British Petroleum) has been given approval from both the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna to drill in very deep waters, in the path of critically endangered right whales, just as they are migrating north to their Canadian summer waters. It is a decision that could be a final nail in their coffin.
If a blow-out of these wells occurs, is could decimate fisheries and fishing communities.
"Dr. Robert Bea, leader of the Deepwater Horizon Study Group and co-founder of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management says the BP project comes with some alarming risks for Canada that show that lessons from past oil disasters haven't been learned."
Our National Director Gretchen Fitzgerald is a major part of this piece. Gretchen dedicates her life to environmental justice, and to protecting our oceans and other treasured places like the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
I’ll be honest with you - protecting these places is tough.
We’re up against industry giants and entire governments. It’s why we go to court and battle years just to get there.
But we do it because there are hundreds of communities who have built their lives and livelihoods on the sea. We do it because some of the most extraordinary marine life make their home here. We do it because it’s the right thing to do.
For the world’s most endangered whales, our unique northern waters should be a sanctuary - not a graveyard.
Our oceans are not here to be a money factory for the likes of British Petroleum and its shareholders.
I hope you will take a few minutes to read the article – it provides a very full picture of just exactly how wrong and unjust this BP project really is.
Director of Development and Communications