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How do you feel about the marine industry’s preparedness for oil spills?

12 months ago

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  • RESTCOVP 9 months ago
    Based on many years of work in this area and through my company, RESTCO, I offer the following thoughts on the question. First with regard to the regulation of the industry in Canada, there is no coordinated and comprehensive Federal program related to oil spill preparedness and response. The issue of spills from ships and those from shore based facilities such as pipelines or storage and port facilities are handled differently and have quite different legal and financial structures. Indeed the offshore drilling programs on the East Coast and proposed Arctic drilling programs would also be under different regulations. Such a confused system which is largely operated by foreign owned provide entities suggests that Canadian interests are not well served by the existing system. Whether the marine industry operating in Canada is prepared for oil spills and how Canada rates with regard to international standards is perhaps the question that needs to be asked.For more thoughts on oil spill response see the www.restco.ca web site.
  • xene 9 months ago
    According to Romilly Cavanaugh, formerly emoyed by Kinder Morgan with responsibilities that, “included cleaning up spills and preparing applications for project approvals through the National Energy Board (NEB). This experience lets me counter statements from the oil industry about the permitting process, and their ability to contain a large spill into the marine environment. I worked for Trans Mountain in the 1990s, and at that time, the industry considered recovery of 10 to 20 per cent of a marine spill to be a successful outcome.Some will say that oil spill equipment has improved since then, but we need only look at the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010 to realize that current oil spill technology is grossly inadequate at containing a major marine spill. That accident resulted in extensive damage to the Gulf of Mexico's environment, as well as US$5.9 billion in economic losses.” (Huffington Post The Blog, April 8, 2018)She also stated in the same article that, “Pipeline companies in Canada are required to prepare for spills and they spend significant amounts of money training their staff and purchasing what is referred to as "state-of-the-art" oil spill equipment. But the ocean is a moving target. Currents, wind and waves can spread oil over vast areas before a company even has a chance to deploy their equipment. Spills are contained using booms that float on the surface of the water, and can only control the oil if it stays in one place. Heavy oil, like the diluted bitumen that the Trans Mountain pipeline transports, can sink to the sea floor. There is no equipment in the world that can prevent this from happening.”Ms. Cavanaugh felt strongly enough about this to get arrested on Burnaby Mountain, stating, “The world is in the midst of a climate crisis. At this time, countries should be working together to protect our planet, and yet, Canada is not on course to meet its greenhouse gas targets under the Paris Agreement. Forcing through a carbon polluting pipeline would only worsen matters, taking us farther from our goal.If our federal government will not take a leadership role on climate change, environmental protection and respect for Indigenous rights, then peaceful, concerned and well-informed citizens must show them the way forward.”I couldn’t agree with her more. Stop trying to force a square peg into a round hole. Thankfully the demand for fossil fuels is going down, there is no proven demand in Asia for Canada’s toxic bitumen, competition from the LOOP facilities will push Canada to the bottom, the 2500 part-time jobs for two years and 90 permanent ones thereafter do not justify destroying BC’s coastline and coastal economy that employs hundreds of thousands; the upstream and downstream costs of the production and burning of the fuel far exceed the income; and we are part of a finite planet that is warming due to our addiction to fossil fuels.There are alternatives with no risk to marine environments, no contribution to global warming, no massive poisonous tailings ponds and threats to clean water tables, and an end to making Canada a global climate pariah.Spill cleanup is a fool’s conversation. Get the tankers out of the oceans. Get on with the big topic, our transition to clean energy.
  • Christina Gower 9 months ago
    It is not about how I feel, it is about the facts. And the fact is, Diluted Bitumen CANNOT be cleaned up in salt water. Our own government is about to destroy our coastal and inland waters. $4.5 Billion of our tax dollars that WE the PEOPLE worked so hard for into a ticking time bomb.
  • cdoylend 10 months ago
    The main problem with marine oil spills is that when a spill begins, there’s nothing on site to keep it from spreading and splitting. OSR professionals usually arrive hours after thespill has begun with regular booms. At that point, the disastrous consequences are unavoidable. HARBO technology (harbo-tecnologies.com) presents a new layer to the tactics used in a world-class spill response system. Instead of coming from afar with massive, bulky equipment and a large team of highly skilled professionals, HARBO presents the worlds’ smallest and lightest disposablesolution for containing oil spills, right when and where the spill begins. By deploying HARBO’s rapid spill containment technology, we empower community members and professionals with the proper training who are closest to a spill to become a crucial participant in spill preparedness and response.Today, GRPs and standards in general require response actions within 2, 6, 12, and even up to 72 hours. It is important to state that at these stages the response is effectively a cleanup operation. It is important to state that with a very nominal investment, it is possible to ensurethat every single point in BC where a spill can occur will have 1,000 ft of boom in the water within 30 minutes. This would be world class.Just like we can promise that someone with a defibrillator (or AED) close by can reach a person experiencing a heart attack will have a better chance of surviving than just waiting for an ambulance to arrive; with HARBO, we are ableto deploy effective containment boom that blocks spills BEFORE spreading, right when the spill happens.HARBO’s product is a lightweight effective containment boom that can be deployed by just two people and block oil spills immediately. HARBO's system has been developed with a universal system for installation on-board any vessel of opportunity. 10 cartridges, each with a 25m boom length, and a deployment unit can be installed in just a few minutes.Our team at HARBO is actively working with a number of First Nations’ communities along the coast and have received a significant amount of positive response to the fact that HARBO's spill containment technology changes the philosophy and results in oil spill response and enablesFirst Nations and other coastal communities (who are often the first responder to a marine event) the ability to participate and make a material difference in protecting our coast.
  • Marc Hudon 10 months ago
    Based on what I have seen as a Quebec RAC member since the regime was instituted, I am very confident that the RO can do a reasonable intervention should a spill event occur. For example, one has to be aware that any sort of major oil spill on the St-Lawrence river will be most challenging to confine and thus will end up on kilometers of shoreline. There are risks and the risks are managed to the theoretical planification extent possible. Parties know their responsibilites and do some table and on water exercices training and practicing. An area of improvement would be to insert in the law, the obligation for the Canadian Coast Guard to implement annual community exercice programs involving local industries, municipalities in the vicinity, local NGOs and other relevant partners with provincial, federal and aboriginal representatives to participate to exercices, get to know each other, build relationships and confidence between them. To do this, the CCG would need adequate funding to support participation and dedicated people from their office.
  • gonet1 12 months ago
    Obviously Transport Canada's ability to respond to an oil spill on the West Coast is woefully inadequate right now. The possibility of littering the Burrard Inlet with supertankers from the Cayman Islands spells the end of eautiful BC.