Norm Miller of Corridor Resources on pursuing oil and gas in the Gulf of St Lawrence / Frustrations of trying to buy local food / Phone-in: Dave Holland on pest control
Oil, Gas & Our Gulf : With the Gulf of St Lawrence surrounded by the four Atlantic Provinces and Québec, you can imagine the kind of complications that arise when you talk about developing oil & gas reserves. Exploration there has been stalled, because - unlike Sable off Nova Scotia, or Hibernia off Newfoundland - whatever petroleum lies under the seabed straddles provincial boundary lines. And to make things more difficult, one of the lines is in dispute. But last week, Federal Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis said there's "momentum" towards an agreement with Québec that could lead to development of oil and gas reserves in a field known as "Old Harry".
Newfoundland already has such an agreement, and a "site survey" of its side of "Old Harry" will begin next month. Given the bitter relations between Newfoundland & Québec on energy issues, and the dispute over the provincial boundary which cuts through Old Harry, the Gulf is becoming a focal point of political interest. And recently, a coalition of groups from the five provinces called for a moratorium on petroleum development because of the risks to fisheries and tourism.
We spoke with Norman Miller, who's in an interesting position. His company, Halifax-based Corridor Resources (with operations in New Brunswick and PEI), holds licences to pursue exploration on both the Newfoundland and Québec portions of the Old Harry field.
But what do you think of the risks & benefits for provinces that border the Gulf ? Could such an industry coexist safely with fisheries and tourism ? Contact us
Buy Local ? Easier Said Than Done : Last week, a study released by the Ecology Action Centre & the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture showed that the portion of people's food budget spent on local meat, fish, vegetables and fruit has actually declined - from 17% in 1997 to 13% in 2008. Fred Wade, who used to run nine independent supermarkets in the Annapolis Valley has a pretty good idea about at least one of the obstacles to increasing local sales.He told us Tuesday that supermarket managers for the major chains do not have the authority to buy food directly from local producers.
After that interview, several of you wrote and called to tell us about your own surprises trying to buy locally. Maritime Noon's Producer Deborah Woolway joined me to go through the responses.
Pest, Begone : In Hollywood movies they're portrayed as evil creatures which transform into blood-sucking vampires. In reality, they feed on blood-sucking mosquitos. Either way, many a bat can be seen swooping around the stoops and porches of Maritime homes at this time of year. And when that swooping leads to swooning, Dave Holland gets a call. He's with Braemar Pest Control in Halifax. He answered questions about bats and any other perceived pests which might be running, or flying, or crawling around your home.
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