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A storm in March 2013 cracked open the rusty hull of a ship sunken in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. Since that time oil has been spilling on to local shores destroying sea birds in the thousands and threatening to destroy the fishing and tourism industries with the potential for catastrophic results when the remaining 500 tonnes of fuel spills into the delicate ecosystem and pristine shores.
The Federal government has decided to implement a patchwork, wait and see approach which, has to date, failed every time and residents are still reporting oiled birds as of early April 2014.
Manolis L Citizens Response Committee, a volunteer group working on behalf of residents of the area, the people of Newfoundland and concerned fellow Canadians find this soluntion unacceptable and therefore request that the Federal ministers responsible listed above put a plan in motion to remove the oil using known methods of extraction (i.e., hot tapping) immediately.
Dear Ministers Gail Shea, Leona Aglukkaq and Lisa Raitt;
As you are aware the Manolis L, a sunken ship in Notre Dame Bay threatens the coastline and wild life of the area. We feel the temporary measures taken to date to remedy this problem are doomed to failure and that the only recourse is to extract the oil from the sunken ship in a timely manner.
We request that DFO as the lead agency, in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of the Environment work together towards the removal of the oil from the ship's hull this year, 2014, during the temperate months when it is most appropriate to do so.
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