Philippe Couillard says he's ready to pull plug on Anticosti oil, gas exploration
‘The destruction of natural environment like Anticosti will not bear my signature,” Quebec Premier tells CBC
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he's ready to pull the plug on the oil and gas exploration project underway on Anticosti Island.
"The destruction of natural environment like Anticosti will not bear my signature. I've said this very, very strongly and I believe it. It's a personal conviction that runs very, very deeply," Couillard told CBC Montreal News anchor Debra Arbec in a year-end interview Friday.
The destruction of natural environment like Anticosti will not bear my signature.- Philippe Couillard, Quebec Premier
The project was initiated by the former Parti Québécois government.
In February 2014, then premier Pauline Marois announced that the Quebec government was taking control of oil exploration off the coast of Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The government partnered with three companies: Petrolia, Corridor Resources and Maurel & Prom.
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Couillard said he's willing to face the financial consequences of pulling out of the project and cancelling the contracts with the companies.
"I think they know the writing's on the wall. We still want to work with [Petrolia] on the projects that they have elsewhere, in the Gaspé peninsula, for example. Hopefully they will see it as good news so they will work with us."
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