FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 22, 2018
KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) - Just two months into an exploratory drill off the coast of Halifax, BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP Canada) has reportedly spilled 136,000 litres of synthetic 'Drilling Mud'. The spill was reported in an incident bulletin on the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) website this afternoon.
Following the announcement, Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, is calling for better regulatory oversight.
“Coastal Communities have been concerned that something like this – or worse – would happen,” says Thomas.
Thomas is concerned that BP and CNSOPB will try to downplay the impacts of today’s spill.
“We think that 136,000 litres of synthetic drilling fluid off of our coasts is a sign of the huge risks associated with this type of drilling, and is cause for concern,” Thomas says.
According to the incident bulletin, drilling has been suspended "while the cause of the discharge is investigated. Drilling of the well will not resume until BP Canada receives approval from the CNSOPB that it may proceed.”
The Ecology Action Centre is a member of the Offshore Alliance, who oppose offshore exploration on the Scotian Shelf, and are calling for a moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration in Nova Scotia.
“This is extremely worrying, and absolutely inexcusable,” says Thomas.
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Energy Campaign Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
902 441 7136
Please note: Stephen will be available for comment by phone after 8:45 p.m. June 22, 2018.
Members of the Offshore Alliance:
• Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association
• Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova
• Clean Ocean Action Committee
• Coldwater Lobster Association
• Council of Canadians
• Council of Canadians – South Shore Chapter
• East Coast Environmental Law Association
• Ecology Action Centre
• Gulf Nova Scotia Herring Federation
• Lobstermen’s Association Area 34
• Lobstermen’s Association Area 33
• Maritime Fishermen’s Union, Local 4
• Maritime Fishermen’s Union, Local 9
• Maritime Fishermen’s Union, Local 6
• Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance
• Save our Seas and Shores
• Save Our Seas and Shores – PEI Chapter
• Scotia-Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association
• Shelburne County Quota Group
• Sierra Club Canada Foundation
• St-Lawrence Coalition / Coalition Saint-Laurent
• St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Assoc.