For Immediate Release
1 June, 2023
NDP Leader Jim Dinn (St. John’s Centre) says the rapid development and changes to regulation for offshore wind development need a plan that goes further than making headlines with potential international partners. Changes to federal-provincial offshore jurisdictions are lacking clarity if the proper oversight will not be in place as the industry evolves.
“Wind and hydrogen are certainly exciting opportunities for jobs and resource development in our province, but we cannot rush into these industries without a plan. The province needs to ensure that our local workers and communities receive the benefits of good union jobs, the province receives the maximum benefit of our resources, and government protects our environment for future generations.
“What measures will be in place for fish harvesters in areas where development happens? These projects will increase marine traffic. Is the province prepared to ensure that wind and hydrogen companies will protect whales and other species who may be at increased risk of death from ships?
“We cannot use the current framework for offshore oil in hydrogen and offshore wind where the CNLOPB is responsible for the development of their industry, and environmental oversight. That is not appropriate.
”The solution here is earnest transparency and public engagement to develop and release a plan. Not closed-door discussions at exclusive fishing lodges to hammer out the details.
For further information, contact Eddy St. Coeur, Director of Communications, NDP Caucus at 729-2137 (o), or firstname.lastname@example.org