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Gulf of St. Lawrence oil drilling proposal provokes anger: 4DBC 4D Business Consulting

A regulator's proposal to give more time to an energy company that wants to drill in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is provoking anger from opponents who say it's high time the federal government intervene to protect the area.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said Friday it's proposing to grant Corridor Resources a new four-year exploration licence in an area known as Old Harry. Otherwise, the board said there wouldn't be enough time to complete consultations and an environmental assessment before its current licence expires Jan. 14, 2017.

"We're reeling, absolutely reeling," said Mary Gorman, co-founder of the Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition, which has been pushing against the Halifax-based company's drilling plans for the nine years it has had a licence for exploratory drilling in Old Harry.

"It's like Groundhog Day. You're stuck in some kind of time warp that keeps repeating itself."

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