N.L. considers expanding deepwater drilling - Macleans.ca
 

N.L. considers expanding deepwater drilling

P.E.I. environment minister calls for summit to discuss environmental threat


 

As oil continues to wash up on the shores of Florida, Louisiana and Texas, Newfoundland is looking for proposals to drill deeper wells than ever before. The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board has called for bids from companies who could drill in an area known as Flemish Pass where the seafloor is 1,000-2,000 meters below the surface. The Deepwater Horizon—which killed 11 people when it exploded in April and wreaked environmental havoc—is 1,259 meters below the surface. P.E.I.’s environment minister Richard Brown called for a summit of Atlantic leaders to discuss the potential of a similar disaster happening off Canada’s shores.

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N.L. considers expanding deepwater drilling

  1. "As oil continues to wash up on the shores of Florida, Louisiana and Texas…"

    "…Richard Brown called for a summit of Atlantic leaders to discuss the potential of a similar disaster happening off Canada's shores."

    Geez, folks, nothing like framing this story in the most negative light possible. It must tear you up inside that you can't outright state, "NEWFOUNDLAND WANTS TA MURDER DA OCEAN, YOU GUYS!!"

    Perhaps you could briefly state some differences between the two situations that might make a similar spill here much less likely, like the fact that BP's record has multiple times more violations and accidents than any of the companies looking to extract oil from Newfoundland's offshore.

    But, see, I like straight news reporting to be more balanced than Pavlovian, Perhaps that's just me.

  2. Here's a commentary on the current situation regarding drilling on the East Coast of Canada. Actually, as much as I like to muckrake, I think that the C-NLOPB have done a prudent job of ensuring safety during the drilling of wells off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2010/06/dril