Belliveau and Zann Call for Emergency Meeting of Resources Committee

June 2, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – The NDP Caucus representatives on the Standing Committee on Resources, Sterling Belliveau and Lenore Zann, are calling for an emergency meeting to discuss environmental monitoring in the Bay of Fundy as it relates to tidal energy development.

Fishers have become increasingly vocal in recent weeks about the lack of understanding of the marine environment prior to turbines being deployed, which could take place as early as late June.  Their concerns are supported by a report recently released by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which concludes that up to this point, baseline monitoring has been insufficient to provide a thorough baseline understanding of the marine environment of the Minas Passage, as well as the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy demonstration site.

Belliveau and Zann believe the Resources Committee could provide a forum where all parties can discuss this issue.

Belliveau says, “Our caucus fully supports tidal energy development.  However, it must be done in a responsible manner.  Clearly, there are local concerns supported by a federal DFO report.  An emergency meeting of the Resources Committee, prior to turbine deployment, would be an opportunity to discuss these concerns on the public record.”

Zann agrees.  “Tidal energy development represents a key opportunity for the province, which I think all Nova Scotians are excited about.  That’s why the NDP, when in Government, invested in tidal energy and developed the Marine Renewable Energy Strategy.  However, proceeding with turbine deployment while stakeholders maintain serious reservations is cause for concern.  We believe the Resources Committee could be of use to all parties seeking a workable solution,” she said.

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