The Federal Government of the Dominion of Canada should institute a ban on all offshore drilling operations.

After the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. It is logical for some people to think that offshore drilling is a bad thing. In Canada, offshore drilling is a major factor of life, especially in the Canadian Arctic. If a major oil disaster were to occur, it would cause billions of dollars of lost oil, and cause billions of dollars in lost jobs from the oil disaster plus a major ecological disaster. For this region, The Canadian Federal Government should ban all offshore drilling in Canadian territorial regions conducted under the Canadian Flag.

 

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The Federal Government of the Dominion of Canada should institute a ban on all offshore drilling operations.

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Impossible To Clean Up

Due to the Arctic's subzero temperatures, massive icebergs and 20 hour a day darkness, it would be nearly impossible to clean up after a large scale spill [[http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/energy/dirty_energy_development/oil_and_gas/gulf_oil_spill/index.html]].

'20 hour a day darkness' assumes that it is winter at the time of the spill, presumably it would be much easier in summer.

This really is reasoning for banning offshore drilling in or near polar areas rather than in general. All of these problems would be much less off either Canada's east or West coasts that are much further south.

The Federal Government of the Dominion of Canada should institute a ban on all offshore drilling operations.

Yes because... No because...

Economic Promises

The two Canadian provinces with the most offshore oil wells, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), and Nova Scotia (NS), have and will continue to economically benefit from offshore oil drilling. Since 1997, Newfoundland and Labrador’s GDP has increased 65%, half of which is attributed to offshore oil production. Today, the oil and gas business accounts for 36% of NL’s gross GDP. By the end of 2008, about 1 out of 20 jobs created will be supported by the oil and gas business. Gas Royalties like $3 billion collected from the Sable Offshore Energy Project by Nova Scotia will the provinces’ debt [[http://www.parl.gc.ca/40/3/parlbus/commbus/senate/com-e/enrg-e/rep-e/rep08aug10-e.pdf]].

Since offshore drilling accounts of 12.5% of Canada’s total crude oil production, banning offshore drilling would increase the cost of oil [[http://www.parl.gc.ca/40/3/parlbus/commbus/senate/com-e/enrg-e/rep-e/rep08aug10-e.pdf]]. According to the New Brunswick Journal, an increase of oil cost would derail any economic growth [[http://nbbusinessjournal.canadaeast.com/canadaeast/article/1400430]].

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