Dear Editor: I read in The Western Star on Tuesday, Aug. 26, a letter by Trina Burden saying the west coast needs safe oil and gas development. I couldn’t agree more, other than to say we need more than oil and gas.
We have the potential for many projects on this part of the island. If all the projects that have been talked about were being developed, we would be just as well off as our neighbours on the Avalon.
We have an abundance of oil waiting to be developed, we had reports of a mining project near the Burgeo/Buchans Highway anno-unced about three years ago saying it could be as large as Voisey’s Bay — if I understood correctly.
I haven’t heard a word about that in ages.
Imagine what a project of that magnitude would do for the St. George’s/ Stephenville area, and really, the whole west coast. Not a word was heard from either of the aspiring politicians running for the seat in the St. George’s area about any developments.
What about the proposed wind farm production site for the Corner Brook area? Is that gone by the wayside also?
I feel it’s time politicians from the whole west coast got their teeth into some of these potential projects. We need development to get things going in the right direction.
We see the City of Corner Brook not moving ahead at a very rapid pace, but we have potential on the west coast to change that.
We need the people in command to take charge of what we could have and get things moving. I don’t bring those issues forward for myself — we need to get things done for the benefit of our young people.
It would give them an opportunity for good-paying jobs, a place to live and raise their families, not like today with a large majority of our population living on the good fortune of places like Ontario, Alberta, overseas, etc.
I am not advocating that we develop those oil fields at all cost, it must and can be done safely without damage to our environment.
Congratulations to Scott Reid on his election victory.
He now has some authority and it’s his chance to look into some of those proposed developments and get things moving.
It would be a tremendous boost for the area. Remember a general election is less than a year away.
Harley Anderson, Meadows