First Nations target drilling

It’s about to get hot in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

A proposal by Corridor Resources Inc. to drill a test well for oil and gas has caught the attention of industry, cash-strapped provincial governments, aboriginal leaders and environmental groups.

This morning, the First Nations Alliance for the Protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence will host an information session at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax to explain why they are opposed to the drilling. Meanwhile, three aboriginal fishing boats from Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula will be at the site where Corridor intends to drill, off Newfoundland’s southwestern coast, to protest.

“We have rights and we have to be consulted,” Chief Claude Jeannotte of the Micmac Nation of Gespeg said Tuesday.

“We’re not against economic development but there are a lot of questions the (Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board) cannot answer.”

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