East Canadian association urges members to press officials about “crippling” legislation


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The following note was sent on Friday, Nov. 3, to members of the Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (Noia), by Noia Chairman Andrew Bell:

At this point you are all aware of the federal government’s move to implement environmental assessment legislative changes that could have a crippling impact on our offshore oil & gas industry.

According to government officials, they haven’t been hearing any opposition to these changes directly from individual organizations – just from associations, such as Noia. They will use this lack of feedback to justify implementing changes that will literally halt future development of the offshore industry in its tracks.

I am asking all members to take time IMMEDIATELY to send e-mails advising of your disagreement with their intervening in what is already a robust and effective environmental assessment process and vocally opposing their attempt to increase bureaucracy and the time required to move our industry forward.

We cannot let silence be taken as acceptance. With these critical decisions being made NOW, we need you to ACT before it’s too late. Federal minister email addresses and suggested points are noted below.

Yours truly,
Andrew Bell

Email addresses:

Honourable James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources: Jim.Carr@parl.gc.ca

Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change: Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca

Suggested points:

  • Proposed environmental assessment legislative changes could have a crippling impact on Canada’s offshore oil & gas industry.
  • When considering these changes, we ask that you:
  • Recognize the legitimate role of experienced offshore regulators, the C-NLOPB and C-NSOPB in particular,
  • Not impede exploration by requiring an environmental assessment for the first well in a new area,
  • Recognize that oil exploration and production are critical to the economy of Canada – the Atlantic Region in particular, and
  • Recognize that the exploration, development and production of our offshore resources is in the public interest and must be supported.  

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