Province Launches Spill Preparedness and Response Consultation

The Province is currently reviewing industry-funded options for strengthening BC's spill preparedness and response policies and capacities. In late November, the Province released a policy development discussion paper on land-based spill response that seeks to create a world-leading regime for land-based spill response. This will include effective and efficient rules for restoration of the environment following a spill and effective government oversight and co-ordination of industry spill response. The policy paper builds on one of the five minimum requirements the B.C. government has set out as being necessary for support of heavy-oil projects.

Comments on the intentions paper should be submitted by February 15, 2013.  The intentions paper can be found at www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/spr_eep/response.htm.

Beginning in January, Environment Minister Terry Lake and Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman will hold face-to-face meetings with industry leaders in the oil, gas, chemical and transport sectors to discuss key elements outlined in in the policy intentions paper. Stakeholder outreach will be coupled with web-based public consultation where others who may be impacted, such as First Nations, local governments, and environmental nongovernmental organizations.

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