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13 August 2014 (Toronto) – Following a statement issued on Monday by Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq where she commented on Clyde River’s recent protest against seismic testing by asserting that there are “misconceptions about the regulatory system in Canada” and that “the National Energy Board is an independent agency that makes its decisions based on science and facts, void of political interference”, Greenpeace Canada Arctic Campaigner Farrah Khan said:
“The oil industry, National Energy Board, and Federal government have failed Northern communities who will be affected most severely by oil exploration. Last month, the community of Clyde River, Nunavut, filed an application at the Federal Court of Appeal challenging the NEB’s decision to permit seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait.
“The NEB approved the project despite inadequate consultation with community members who are concerned about severe risks to marine mammals and impacts to their traditional practices. There is a high level of consensus among Inuit organizations and Nunavut-based regulators that this project should not proceed at this time.
“The independence of the National Energy Board is arguable. According to internal documents obtained by Greenpeace under Access to Information legislation, the Federal government’s own Oil Sands Advocacy Strategy lists the National Energy Board as an ‘ally’ in the government’s effort to promote oil exports, while environmental and aboriginal groups are listed as ‘adversaries’.
“While hundreds of influential people are calling for Arctic protection and respect for Indigenous rights by signing the International Declaration on the Future of the Arctic, our own Environment Minister and current chair of the Arctic Council is instead opening the doors for destructive industry to move in while ignoring the duty to consult.”
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