Hebron Public Review focuses in on environment

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Opportunities, risks to be raised by presenters

Janet Russell addresses the Hebron Public Review Commission on behalf of the non-profit Alder Institute during a public session at the Delta in St. John's.

The focus for the Hebron Public Review will turn to the environment today, as potential opportunities for environmentally focused businesses and potential risks associated with development of the Hebron project are brought to light by presenters at the Delta hotel in St. John’s.

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ Union president Earle McCurdy is expected to touch on points made in a written submission, particularly on concerns within the union over the environmental risk associated with continued development offshore and how to mitigate these risks.

He has stated, for example, more local research is required around the impacts of seismic activity and changes to groundfish catches being reported anecdotally in areas where there is ongoing work by the oil and gas industry.

The FFAW has also warned a marine land grab is in progress — with the potential to force the traditional fishing industry off its prime territory on the Grand Banks.

“Over time, the acreages of exploratory licences, significant discovery licences and production licences amount to considerable land ‘ownership’ on the Grand Banks,” McCurdy has stated.

Aside from the FFAW, presenters are expected to include biologist and ocean scientist Bill Montevecchi, the Alder Institute (a non-profit collective based in Tors Cove) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industries Association. The latter is expected to speak to potential opportunities for local businesses within the environmental study, preparation and monitoring of the Hebron project.

On Wednesday — scheduled to be the closing session for the Hebron review — Nature Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly the Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador) will speak to the Hebron project’s handling of produced water, plans to address any operational discharges and the subject of noise and light pollution offshore.

Find more on the Hebron Public Review Commission’s sessions to date at The Telegram’s site for comprehensive Hebron review coverage.

Organizations: Hebron Public Review Commission, Delta hotel, Alder Institute Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industries Association History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador The Telegram

Geographic location: Hebron, Tors Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • roy
    December 06, 2011 - 17:32

    I agree with sparkey, its time for the fiherpersons union to step up to the plate and use some of the money it has collected to help it members and stop asking the govt . It doesn;t matter what takes place in the fishery when there is a down turn its blamed on the Govt. The fish plant workers and the fishermen have to accept some responsability. The union bosses give the workers the impression that the companies are making a lot of money and this is further spread to th workers by the shop stewarts, then they make demands that can not be met, it happened in the auto industry and the govt had to bail them out now Earl McCurdy expects the govt to bail out the fishery, I agree with Premier Dundedale you just can't keep pumping money into the fishery where there is no hope of success . It has to stand on its own. (in my humble opinion) Mr. McCurdy open the union wallet and help your workers apparently The owners want to help now you step up to the plate and help them at this time

  • William Daniels
    December 06, 2011 - 15:34

    With all the Americans at the helm in Bull Arm the environment better watch out. Remember the Deepwater Horizon.

  • Sparky
    December 06, 2011 - 08:08

    Why does`nt the BIG union guy spend some of the money they have collected over the years in "union dues" & help-out the people who`s plants are shutting-down instead of study after study!! ITS STUD!ED TO DEATH earl!!! I`m willing to bet that earl mcurdy will still be recieving a big cheque long after those plants are closed down, "gota-love-the-unions by"