In 2004, the federal government asked British Columbians
their views on the moratorium through public hearings and
First Nations interviews. The public review involved the participation
of 3,700 individuals, many of who work and live on the coast
of B.C. Seventy-five percent of the participants told the
federal government they wanted the moratorium on offshore
oil and gas maintained. The First Nations review involved
70 nations in B.C. and all of them expressed support for the moratorium. Many coastal residents
made written submissions to the Priddle review panel. Click
here to view some of the submssions.
Despite the pubic opposition to lifting the moratorium, the
federal government has not publicly announced it will respect
these wishes. This silence is giving the provincial government
the opportunity to continue advancing their pro-development
let the federal government know your support for maintaining
the moratorium click here.
In a briefing to the province, the federal government said
between five and seven years of research was still needed
to fill the gaps in information before taking a decision on
the moratorium. As of January 2005, none of this research
had been undertaken.