On Our Watch

Here’s what’s on our radar this week

May 27, 2021

  • Pieridae Energy is seeking nearly a billion dollars in funding or loan guarantees from the federal government in order to help pave the way for private investment to build a liquid natural gas processing plant in Goldboro, NS. The plant would pipe in fracked and sour gas mostly from Alberta. This would be the largest project ever built in NS and result in the province exceeding its GHG emissions cap by more than 30 percent. It also involves constructing a workcamp to house up to 5000 out-of-province workers, posing a significant threat of violence to Mi’kmaw women and children living nearby. The Grassroots Grandmothers were not consulted about this project and they do not consent to it being built on unceded Mi’kmaw territory. Mi'kmaq grassroots women say no to Goldboro LNG man camp

  • Despite the International Energy Agency’s report released last week, calling for no new oil and gas projects and an accelerated transition away from fossil fuels, the federal government is going ahead with its offshore drilling approvals off NFLD and Labrador—without adequate impact assessments. Sierra Club Canada Foundation is one of several environmental organizations taking this matter to federal court. Flawed environmental assessment of offshore drilling faces scrutiny in court.

  • New Brunswick is eyeing unproven, experimental nuclear technology for its get-off-fossil-fuels plan. The provincial and federal government have already sunk millions of taxpayer dollars into small modular nuclear reactor development, which is currently the least affordable energy option and the one that would take the longest to implement (a decade or more). Get the Facts on Small Modular NUCLEAR Reactors.

  • Communities throughout the Atlantic region are dealing with air, water, and noise pollution that has been allowed to persist despite repeatedly being brought to the attention of all levels of government and the industries that cause it. For those who are most impacted, it takes an enormous toll on their health and wellbeing, and in some cases, their livelihoods as well.