Seismic Exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawerence

  • Published on Sep 14 2010 |
  • This article is tagged as: marine

The Gulf of St. Lawerence is less than six times the size of the Gulf of Mexico and home to many threated and in trouble species. The Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board has recently issued an exploration licensence for "Old Harry" and were expected to make a decision on the seismic permit by late last week. The following press release was issued Monday September 13th.

Seismic blasting could disrupt migration of endangered blue whale: Impacts raise jurisdictional issues in Gulf

This press release has spurred over 40 organizations and individuals to sign a letter to Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador, Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, and Federal Environment Minister Gail Shea respectfully requesting that Premier Williams rescind the ‘Old Harry Licence’ off Western Newfoundland and that the federal government, in consultation with the provinces, implement an immediate moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Click here to read the letter!

For more information:

Nova Scotia
Mary Gorman, Save our Seas and Shores, 902-926-2128/

Prince Edward Island
Mike McGeoghegan, PEI Fishermen’s Association, 902-394-3510/

Newfoundland and Labrador
Julie Huntington, CPAWS-NL, 709-895-0853

Danielle Giroux(Francais), Attention Fragile (Magdalen Islands) 418-969-9440/
George Karpat (English), Sierra Club, Montreal Chapter, 514-989-8714/

New Brunswick
David Coon, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, 506-466-4033/506-461-1023/