Drunk driving with an oil rig
A few years ago, long before oil was discovered off our shore, Newfoundland and Labrador adopted a law that made drinking and driving an offence.
It changed the habits of many, keeping most off the roads when they had a few too many. However, there are still a few who over indulge and get behind the wheel, taking a chance on getting home without having an accident.
Those few may get home every time, the odd one will have a fender bender without damaging anything but their own car, and some will damage someone else’s property but leave before they are caught.
One may take the life of your child, spouse, relative, or friend.
Oil companies are drunk on profits, unfit to steer their corporations through our neighbourhood, and so intoxicated with keeping the price of oil down in order to prevent cleaner energy from taking over, that they cut corners, dodge regulations, and pay only a small portion of the costs if they cause damage.
Big oil likes to have a drinking buddy. They have found one in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Tonight, a life may be lost to a drunk driver. Tomorrow, the environment, tourism, and the fisheries may be lost to a drunken partnership. Will you take the keys from them? Robin Brentnall