We read a disturbing item in the Advertiser today. It reads in part –
Kings County Council has voted in favour of sending correspondence expressing concern over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities , the premier and the prime minister. … this is about creating awareness and sending a message to offshore drillers. (no online link that we could find.)
What expertise do Kings County Councillors have on this subject? We know why they might be concerned about the effects of such an accident on our shores, but what do they hope for? What message do they want to send to drillers? Go away, we don’t want you? We expect they will advocate for a moratorium as Wolfville did for Uranium exploration.
In our experience Councillors are not even well versed in a subject which is central to Municipal government -ie. how the property tax system works. Why do they think they have the expertise to advise on off shore drilling? They haven’t a clue, but the pressure could do great damage.
There is already a chill on the local industry.
We know we will be accused of not caring about the environment, but we do. Our point is such things should be handled by people educated in the field and who can rationally assess the risks so that we don’t needlessly shoot ourselves in the foot.