Letter to the editor 2, October 1, 2015

Dear Editor, I am spending a month in Nova Scotia on a writers' retreat. I've seen that the economy here is depressed: there's no more coal, forestry is down and over-cut, fishing is not what it was, the sailing ships are gone on the Bay of Fundy, and even salt production is down. Nova Scotians have wisely turned to tourism to share their beautiful coastline with people like me, for whom it's not only inspiring; it's a down-right spiritual experience.

An oil spill near Nova Scotia's coast would seriously damage its remaining economic life-line that's environmentally sustainable: tourism. The beaches and fossil walks and rock collecting would be finished, and very difficult to start up again if the spill were ever cleaned up.

Other aspects of animal and bird life are obviously to be considered too, but let others in the know write to Shell to point that out. Shell oil internationally has earned itself a reputation as one of the "big bad guys", and some people don't have a problem living with this reputation, especially in a time when churches are closing at the rate of one a day in Canada, so we might wonder whether there is any moral imperative left.

I call on Shell Oil to set the standard for moral cleanliness, a new standard for the 21st century. Goodness knows, they can afford to. The age of dirty tricks is behind us, by necessity. Please get with the times and become the leader you can be. Sincerely, Sandra Stephenson Rigaud

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