CoC Letter on Premier McLeod’s ‘red alert’
The following letter was submitted to Northern News Services following NWT Premier Bob McLeod’s public remarks on the federal decision to place a five-year moratorium on off-shore oil and gas exploration and development in the Beaufort Sea.
To: Editor, Northern News Services
Premier Bob McLeod’s mistaken comments on federal “colonialism” denying us the opportunity of offshore fossil fuel development miss the economic reality of today, condemn us to the energy past, and perpetuate the colonialism the Premier complains about.
First, the Premier claims that the federal government has cut our economic throat by denying development of offshore oil and gas resources. Wake up. Big oil isn’t even interested in the on-shore oil and gas his government controls, let alone the impossibly expensive development of offshore sources. An economic development policy balanced on impossibly expensive fuels stranded far from markets is a plan from the past doomed to economic failure. And, perhaps incidentally to the Premier, there is no demonstrated ability to clean up oil spills in arctic marine environments – the stated reason why the Prime Minister set this moratorium…