Letter: ‘Where are the brains in Newfoundland?’

Published on September 20, 2016

Leakage at the repaired oil well at Shoal Point is seen in this undated photo.

Submitted photo

Dear editor: I recently spent a week in Newfoundland and on my way back to Port aux Basques, I decided to stop off at Shoal Point, mainly to see the place where, supposedly, approximately six billion barrels of oil are trapped in shale.

I saw the oil there seeping up from the bottom of the ocean, even though it was supposed to have been repaired at a cost of more than $200,000.

I was told by an oil engineer that the only way to fix the problem was to drill. However, people on the Port au Port Peninsula seem to have a problem with drilling.

Why?

I understand that the unemployment rate for men is 34 per cent. Are these people afraid they might have to work for a living instead of living off the government?

The Fracking Review Board put a pause on fracking and one of the reasons was a fear of water contamination.

Can someone explain to me how drinking water can be contaminated by fracking 3,000 yards below sea level at a starting point of approximately five miles from the nearest town?

I would really like to understand that reasoning.

I also fail to see how anyone in the Newfoundland government could possibly be concerned with noise pollution (another reason given for not wanting any drilling at Shoal Point) when the majority of Canadians live every day with the noise of traffic.

The stupidity of this government boggles my mind. They are billions of dollars in debt.

They recently renewed an unbelievably bad contract with Hydro Quebec.

They have a chance to make a lot of money with the oil in Shoal Point, yet they let a few hundred unemployed/retired people stop the development of the West Coast.

The Minister of Natural Resources, in a reply to my letter to her, stated that Newfoundland had no ‘social’ license to frack the oil trapped in the shale.

What exactly is ‘social license’? Does it mean that Newfoundland should continue to support people on welfare on the Port au Port Peninsula because they would prefer to stay on welfare rather than work for a living? 

Shoal Point is a long strip of land about five miles long and maybe 400 to 500 feet wide and that is only a guess. It is completely barren and could potentially be a perfect spot to drill and frack for oil.

It is miles away from the nearest settlement, yet the Review Panel chose to put a “Pause” on fracking. 

When I see the price of oil in Newfoundland go as high as $1.34 a litre, a stagnant economy, the debacle of Muskrat Falls, useless, lying politicians with no balls and no plans for the future, who have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars for ‘another fracking review,’ I ask myself “where are the brains in Newfoundland?”

Surely MUN must have produced some smart people.

Where are they when they are so badly needed to put this province back on its feet?

Amy King, St. Lambert, Que.