UBCM Submission on Marine Safety

On Friday July 8, Transport Canada held a cross-sector roundtable to discuss improving marine safety and formalizing a tanker moratorium in northern BC. UBCM President Al Richmond attended this roundtable to advocate on behalf of local governments.

The roundtable included participants from local government, First Nations, industry, and non-governmental organizations. President Richmond highlighted several areas of interest to members, including:

  • The need for enhanced spill response and planning,
  • Oil tanker safety standards,
  • Local government resourcing in the event of spills,
  • The need to develop solutions to derelict vessels, and
  • Limiting tanker traffic along the BC coast.

A summary of UBCM positions on these topics was also submitted to Transport Canada.

Transport Canada has indicated that further engagement with Indigenous groups, coastal communities, environmental non-governmental organizations, and marine stakeholders will take place over the summer.  Further details on active consultations are available on the Transport Canada webpage.

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