WHAT: Members of the Press, and the public, are invited to a Press Conference
WHEN: 2:30 PM, Tuesday June 26th, 2012
WHERE: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Theatre Auditorium, Bedford Row Entrance, Halifax, NS
WHY: The Margaree Environmental Association and nearby homeowners, will brief the media and take questions on details of its legal Appeal of the Department of Environment’s decision to approve the drilling of an oil well in the Lake Ainslie area of Cape Breton.
THE COURT CASE: is the following day, JUNE 27, 9:30 am, Law Courts -Lower Water St. Halifax, N.S.
The Appeal raises a number of matters of great concern, including that the approved drilling location is too close -less than 100m to homes and watercourses, and that the Minister and his Department have failed in their duties in issuing the drilling approval. The nearby watercourses feed into Lake Ainslie which is part of the Margaree River, the most important salmon river in Nova Scotia, that is pristine enough to be a Canadian Heritage River.
This permit is widely opposed by local residents and the general community, and sets a precedent by permitting a drill site in an inappropriate location in respect to human habitation and the environment.