Voice of the People|
The blasting of coastal Cape Breton through the yuletide season has been
Cruel to the fishing families who will worry over the next few years whether the
juvenile herring, now larvae in the waters, or the snow crab, or other species
have been damaged; and whether future catch will decrease.
Cruel to the marine life, especially the whales.
Cruel to those of us who believed Premier John Hamm when he said that if there
were serious scientific questions about the threat of seismic, he would not let
it proceed. Premier Hamm then refused to meet with scientists or fishermen.
Despite written advice from scientists in the Department of Fisheries that this
area was too sensitive and productive to take the risk, the pressure from oil
and gas companies was all that mattered to the Hamm government or the
unelected, unaccountable Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB).
They ignored the voices of every fishermen's organization in the Maritimes, the
Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, NDP Leader Darrell Dexter, Liberal
Leader Danny Graham, P.E.I. Premier Patt Binns, N.B. Premier Bernard Lord,
Quebec Premier Jean Charest, the House of Commons standing committee on the
fisheries, the Atlantic Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, the
independent scientists who pleaded to be heard.
The coalition that fought seismic testing will work tirelessly to reform
legislation that allows the CNSOPB to act as a law unto itself.
Elizabeth May, executive director,
Sierra Club of Canada