More en­ergy re­source in­vest­ment needed

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

I have heard that the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment is look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of im­pos­ing tar­iffs on coal im­ports into Cana­dian ports.

I be­lieve that is good thing although there might be some reprisals. To me it is an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand our own nat­u­ral re­sources. Peo­ple are con­tin­u­ously us­ing up vast amounts of en­ergy in their daily lives and here in Cape Bre­ton we are lo­cated on top or near some of the world’s best coal, gas and oil fields. There are enough re­sources to take us into the next cen­tury and with today’s tech­nol­ogy there is no rea­son why it can­not be tapped.

In the 1970s, the drill ship Coastal Ex­plorer sur­veyed the re­sources off our coast. The re­port showed that there is a large quan­tity of un­tapped coal and nat­u­ral gas right here in Nova Sco­tia. I think a new fea­si­bil­ity study into the con­cept of its de­vel­op­ment is war­ranted. The de­vel­op­ment would be cru­cial to the suc­cess and de­vel­op­ment of our prov­ince. Why should Canada be im­port­ing when we can ex­port and sup­ply our own needs?

I be­lieve it will take for­ward thinkers rather than bu­reau­crats to make it hap­pen. So to the fu­ture pre­miers of our prov­ince if you want to make Nova Sco­tia pros­per then in­vest I it. Look ahead. Make a long-term plan, just not one that gets you to the next elec­tion. Make Nova Sco­tia a leader in the re­source in­dus­try.

Joe Os­borne Glace Bay

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