The Gulf of St. Lawrence: Exploring the risks of oil and gas development in a unique and fragile ecosystem

Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Room SN 2109, Science Building
Memorial University, Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s
Admission: Free. Doors Open at 6:30
Join Nature NL for a public meeting and discussion on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the risks of oil and gas development in this unique and fragile ecosystem
Host Len Zedel, Ph.D., Memorial University and Nature NL will have three guests, all members of the St. Lawrence Coalition:
Jean-Patrick Toussaint, Ph.D. David Suzuki Foundation
Danielle Giroux, Attention FragÎles
Sylvain Archambault, M.Sc. CPAWS Quebec
The Gulf of St. Lawrence is truly unique among the world’s estuaries. This small inland sea, seven times smaller than the Gulf of Mexico yet richer in biodiversity, is exceptional in many ways. Its complex currents carry nutrient-rich waters from deep in the continent, feeding fragile ecosystems; numerous whale species including the blue, sperm, fin and humpback come each year to feed on the Gulf’s bounty; world-class bird colonies and salmon rivers all depend on the health of this vast ecosystem. Yet, this unique and fragile ecosystem is threatened by looming oil and gas exploration.
In the company of our guest lecturers, you will learn about the uniqueness and importance of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but also of the risks posed by oil and gas exploration. Drilling projects are presently on the table and various environmental assessment processes allow communities, groups or individuals to express their views and concerns. Learn how you can add your voice to protect the unique Gulf of St. Lawrence.

This meeting is co-sponsored by Nature Newfoundland and Labrador and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network.