It seems Living Oceans Society executive director Jennifer Lash isn't the only one critical of Exxon Mobil Corp.'s offer to help the Campbell administration lift the federal moratorium on offshore oil and gas development. In a news release distributed earlier this afternoon, the provincial New Democrats also raised concerns about Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Rich Neufeld's meeting with Exxon Mobil executives back in February. Said Mr. Neufeld's critic, John Horgan, "British Columbians won't be swayed by a public relations exercised sponsored by (Premier) Gordon Campbell and Exxon Mobil. It will only add to the mistrust people feel about the Premier's commitment to the environment." Exxon Mobil's offer was noted in a government report obtained exclusively by Public Eye via a freedom of information request. Minister Neufeld hasn't responded repeated requests for comment.
April 5, 2007