BC’s Environment Minister announced a plan to improve the response and clean up of land based oil spills with an industry-funded, provincially-certified team.
Mary Polak says the team will be able to respond immediately regardess of the spill substance or source.
There are a couple more steps before the plan is in place in 2017.
“So we’ll be engaging with First Nations, also with industry, local governments, as we lead up to what we anticipate would be legislation in the Spring of 2016 so the upcoming spring session.”
She adds the plan will work in conjunction with what ever reponse plan Kinder Morgan would offer.
“The federal goverment already has regulatory jurisdiction over a significant amount of what takes place for a pipeline but we are interested in ensuring that where ever there are gaps that we are filling those.”
Polak says one of those gaps is response coordination, which was one of the main criticisms after the bunker fuel spill in English Bay.
She says she’s pleased with the reaction to Monday’s spill in False Creek.
“It appears as though the response was quite efficient and quite effective. We’ll know more as more information is available.”
One of the main complaints from the much larger English Bay fuel spill in April was a lack of coordination.