Offshore Oil Regulators Defy Environment Commissioner’s Advice for Newfoundland

The St. Lawrence River

The St. Lawrence River

OTTAWA — Oil and gas regulators in Newfoundland have done exactly what the federal environment commissioner told them not to do.

They have issued a call for bids to explore parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence several months before a key environmental assessment ends. The commissioner, who audits government operations for their environmental performance, warned the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board last year to make sure strategic environmental assessments wrapped up before offering up parcels of the land beneath the sea.

That way, companies would be fully aware of the measures they would need to undertake in order to properly protect the environment while exploring and drilling in marine habitat. A spokesman for the board defends the decision to tap business interest early, says the deadline for bids is not until four months after the environmental assessment is published. He says that allows plenty of time for companies to incorporate proper plans to protect marine life.

Offshore Oil Regulators Defy Environment Commissioner’s Advice for Newfoundland

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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