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  • Melanie Gauthier
    April 23, 2012 - 00:11

    I totally agree with Mary Gorman's comment above. Why would we, residents and people who own properties on the shores of the Gulf of St- Lawrence, be IMPOSED the risks of the most dangerous, risky and poluting industry in the world, just so oil companies can make profits? I grew up surrounded by the beauty of the Gulf and its beaches, its ecosystem, its fisheries, its renewable industries, the sea birds, the whales, sea kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, swimming in its clear bontyful waters. The Gulf gives, gives, gives abundantly, profusely, it feeds us, it bathes us, it protects us. Would YOU want to put your own front lawn at risk, your whole life, your livelihood, your Estate, your legacy, everything you love dearly, to feed hungry and greedy giants whose thurst will never be clenched? We know how destructive fossel fuel energies are. We know we have reached peak oil. We know alternatives like the electric cars, cars that run with water alone (distributed commercially in Japan right now), solar energy, wind energy, geothermy, proper building and insolation, and I could keep going for a while. So WHY, WHY would we ever be insane enough to allow something like this to take place here? in a closed pool of water, six times smaller than the Gulf of Mexico, where crazy currents and storms are a common thing and where the water freezes in the winter? Think. One second. There, you will clearly see the answer.

  • Mary Gorman
    April 20, 2012 - 11:50

    Perhaps the maps presented by the Coalition do not take response efforts into consideration because the Gulf of St. Lawrence is the second windiest region in North America. Due to its windy nature, realistically, I cannot see how 'boom', be it six inch or higher, could clean up a spill in our Gulf. I live in a coastal community in Nova Scotia on the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and have profound concerns about this development because I know firsthand how rarely the water is 'calm'. Our Gulf has counterclockwise currents and as an inland sea, its waters only exchange with the Atlantic once a year. If response efforts are not successful, due to our strong tides within the Gulf, oil might be splashing on the shorelines of half of the provinces in this country over the course of a year. Ice cover is also a great worry. How does one clean up a spill under ice? Finally, apart from the pristine splendour and rapturous beauty of Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence, my husband and I would like to leave something for our children. We have worked very hard all our lives, always pay our taxes and like many canadians, most of our financial 'worth' is invested in our property. We don't want our property to become worthless because of oil on our shores. I hope the Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board will broaden their public consultation process so that coastal landowners throughout our Gulf may also engage in this vital conversation.