The Government of Canada estimates that the Gulf of St. Lawrence and surrounding areas have the potential for more than 39 trillion cubic feet of gas and 1.5 billion barrels of oil, based on preliminary geological studies of the area.Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today tabled the Notice of Ways and Means Motion to introduce a bill to implement the Canada–Quebec Offshore Accord for the joint management of petroleum resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. According to the government’s statement, the move represents “an important milestone for responsible resource development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.”“Our government is proud to partner with the Government of Quebec on this historic legislation to establish joint management of offshore petroleum resources. The Accord will create jobs and economic growth and prosperity for Quebecers while ensuring the safe and environmentally responsible development of petroleum resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence,” Greg RickfordCanada’s Minister of Natural Resources said.According to the government, the proposed legislation would ensure that Quebec will benefit from revenues, including royalties and many taxes and fees, derived from the development of oil and gas resources. Pierre Arcand, Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for Plan Nord, introduced mirror provincial legislation in the National Assembly.“The Government is committed to protecting the safety of both Canadians and the environment while preserving, protecting and creating Canadian jobs. The bill is a central part of the Government’s Responsible Resource Development Plan, through which it is taking action to create jobs, grow the economy and create long-term prosperity in Quebec and across Canada,” reads a statement by the government.The 2011 Canada–Quebec Accord established two distinct phases of joint management. The bill covers the first or transitional phase in which the governments will establish a joint regulatory function. The second or permanent phase would be triggered by a commercial discovery of oil or natural gas resources and would see the creation of a joint independent offshore board.[mappress mapid=”1934″]
Springbok prop Ruan Dreyer will be returning to the Lions, the union confirmed on Thursday, after spending the last two seasons with Gloucester in England.Dreyer and other Lions players including lock Franco Mostert and flank Ruan Ackermann had followed former Lions coach Johann Ackerman to the English side at the end of 2017.Ackermann left last month, however, to join Japanese outfit Docomo Red Hurricanes.Dreyer played four Tests for the Boks in 2016, and he previously featured in 80 Super Rugby matches for the Lions.He was set to link up with Lions flank Jaco Kriel, who also returned late last year from Gloucester, and he was expected to serve as a big boost for the local side.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.