Canada Protesters plan ‘Unwelcoming Party’ after BP Canada permitted to prepare for drilling off N.S.

02:10  10 april  2018
02:10  10 april  2018 Source:   Global News

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Protesters took to the water in kayaks to throw an ' unwelcoming party ' for Statoil and Chevron. READ MORE: * Anti-oil community flotilla attracts hundreds to Wellington harbour * Oil wells off Wellington set to go ahead. Statoil recently gave up its Northland permits after ongoing opposition.

Nova Scotia' s offshore petroleum regulator has granted BP Canada permission to begin preparing for the planned drilling of an exploration well. BP Canada will have to get further permission from the board before they can start drilling .

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British Petroleum Canada may have been granted permission to prepare for drilling of an exploratory well off the coast of Nova Scotia -- but protesters are hoping to make it clear to the energy giant that they're not welcome in the province.

The Nova Scotia Branch of the Council of Canadians Acting for Social Justice are set to host an "Unwelcoming Party" on April 11 in front of the BP Office's on Hollis Street in Halifax, N.S.

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The organization says that BP's role in the Deepwater Horizon spill should disqualify the company from drilling off Nova Scotia.

"Join the Council of Canadians, the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia, fishermen, tourism operators and treaty rights holders, and all those who think we deserve a lot better than anything BP has to offer at the Unwelcoming Party!," says the description of the Facebook event.

On Saturday, it was announced that the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) had authorized BP Canada to bring their drilling unit, the Seadrill West Aquarius, into Canadian-Nova Scotia waters as part of preparations for drilling an exploratory well.

BP has not yet been given permission to begin drilling and will have to receive further permission if it plans to take any actions.

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Scott last week announced his opposition to the drilling plan and said he had asked to meet with Zinke. The effort to open previously off -limits acreage in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans comes less than eight years after BP Plc’ s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - the largest in

“Vessels and equipment, along with necessary plans and procedures, were appropriately reviewed to ensure that all preparatory activity will be conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner," Stuart Pinks, CEO of CNSOPB.

BP Canada applied on Sept. 21, 2017 to drill a deep-water exploration well approximately 330-kilometres from Halifax.

According to the application, the well would reach 2,800 metres of water depth.

The protest is planned for 1 p.m. at 1701 Hollis Street on Wednesday.

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