Proposed Spill Response Regulations

The provincial government has announced its intention to develop a second set of regulations to protect BC’s environment from spills. The regulations will focus on five areas: response times; geographic response plans; compensation for loss of public or cultural use of land; maximizing application of regulations to marine spills; and restrictions on the increase in diluted bitumen.

The first set of regulations were approved in October 2017, and focused on preparedness, response and recovery. An advisory panel will also be created to make recommendations to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on if and how heavy oils can be safely transported and cleaned up, if spilled.

Consultations on the proposed regulations will begin in the next few weeks and months. The Province will also release an intentions paper by the end of February, and interested parties will be able to submit comments once the paper is released.

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