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With Canada’s oil spill response organizations:

about 1 year ago

  • How can the requirements for response organizations be made more flexible to account for local conditions and risks?
  • How can time standards for oil spill response be improved?
  • How can we make the certification process more transparent?

Consultation has concluded

  • RESTCOVP 12 months ago
    The current oil spill response organizations are not structured in a manner that supports and encourages the development of Canadian oil spill response capability. They are owned by foreign oil companies and provide services to these same companies in the case of their oil spills. The linkage of the oil spill response companies to communities that are the first to be impacted by oil spills on or off our coasts is not strong and because of the structural issues of the companies is suspect with regard to conflicts of interest. RESTCO proposes a fire service model for oil spill response based on a national Canadian entity with an environmental mandate rather than being caught with having to both support the oil industry while trying to regulate the risks associated with potential oil spills. The oil spill response services would be dispersed throughout the country in regions where risks are greatest. In the Arctic, the Canadian Coast Guard has positioned oil spill equipment in containers at most Arctic Communities and provided training for local responders who would be the first to be aware of an oil spill. This approach is seen by local communities as very positive and could be expanded along the lines of the National Defence Rangers program that has been very successful in enhancing positive social development in the largely aboriginal Arctic communities. Such a service could also be created in southern Canada in regions where pipeline and other oil industry facilities are found. The National coordination of such a program would ensure that equipment could be quickly brought into service in the case of a major oil spill. It would also ensure that there were many trained personnel available to work on oil spill response in the same manner as when major forest fires occur and personnel are brought into service from across the country. The main point is that this service would be oriented to protection of the Canadian environment as its main objective. The structure of the proposed renewed oil spill response system could greatly benefit from seeking international standards and observing the oil spill programs of countries such as Norway and Russian where there are similar issues of remoteness and small populations in areas where oil spills are likely. The oil industry is very international and any Canadian oil spill response approach must bear this in mind and ensure that our Canadian system is at least as good as the best in class.The above comments apply to the next question re certification process and response to large oil spills.
  • Christina Gower 12 months ago
    If you want to extract from the tar sands, which is destructive enough, then transport the product in pellet form only. Don’t dilute the bitumen with deadly chemicals, rendering it impossible to clean up. You are on the absolutely wrong side of history.
  • Marc Hudon about 1 year ago
    1st bullet : RO should have on hand all relevant updated waterway data for the given region; they should hire and train local people if possible; they might have to store closer response equipment in order to respond more rapidly; increase their response equipment for given risks.2nd bullitt : I think the RO is planning their response as required by TC; there is much to be gained by working on the prevention and training side. More equipment readily available and more training for higher risks sectors. (although I understand that stocking equipment is a costly business)... third bullitt : The certification process could be addressed thru the RAC' s mandate in terms of adapting parts of it's content for public consumption, better inform the public and most specifically the municipalities on what it means and how it is used and collect their questions and bring feedback thru TC in the region and possibly thru an advise to the Minister. This would ensure better transparency and bring ideas and questions forward with follow-up on a constant basis.
  • gonet1 about 1 year ago