Crummell says consultants being hired to look at Shoal Point oil issues Published on June 27, 2015
Environment and Conservation Minister Dan Crummell said the department will bring in experts to determine the cause of oil seepage into Port au Port Bay at Shoal Point.
Crummell said in an interview Friday that despite this happening offshore, his department is taking a lead on the issue.
“We are sending out a request for proposals on July 3 asking for bids and we will award the contract within four weeks,” Crummell said.
The [Port au Port Fishery] committee was formed in November 2013 in reaction to the collapse of the scallop fishery in Port au Port Bay. Fish harvesters reported never experiencing such a widespread collapse of the scallop fishery in the bay, and some believe environmental pollutants may be contributing to the drastic scallop decline.
For about a year and a half, members of the committee reported to the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation, Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard about the leaks.
Sam Jesso grabs some video of what appears to be petroleum bubbling up from a former oil well at Shoal Point on the Port au Port Peninsula.
A Russian tanker carrying 200,000 gallons of oil ran aground off an island in the North Pacific over the weekend. As it continues to leak, it resurrects a debate on how safety can be improved in a region where a major wildlife corridor overlaps with a busy shipping through-point.
The tanker struck a reef off the island of Sakhalin during a storm, according to The Siberian Times.
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