McNeil government failing to show leadership on Shell exploration project

August 7, 2015

(Chester, NS) NDP Energy critic Denise Peterson-Rafuse says the McNeil government needs to meet with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board to discuss the requirements for a capping system in the event of a blowout at the Shelburne Basin exploration project being planned by Shell.

“The federal government signed off on the environmental assessment for this project almost a month ago but Minister Samson told the Chronicle Herald yesterday that the province hasn’t had a chance to discuss the well-capping matter with Nova Scotia’s representatives on the offshore board,” said Peterson-Rafuse.

Peterson-Rafuse has written to Minister of Energy Michel Samson to request that both the Department of Energy and the Department of Environment undertake a thorough review of the approved environmental assessment and assist with the flow of information about the project to stakeholders, including municipalities on the South Shore, fishers, and environmental organizations.

“It is important that any local concerns about the project’s capping system are communicated to our provincial representatives on the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, which still has to approve this plan,” says Peterson-Rafuse.