The provincial government has released its intentions paper and is seeking input from British Columbians on its next steps to defend BC’s land, coast and waters from oil spills at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/spillsregulation. The Province is looking for feedback in four policy areas:
- Response times, which ensure timely responses following a spill;
- Geographic response plans, which ensure resources are available to support an immediate response, which consider the unique characteristics of a given sensitive area;
- Compensation for loss of public use from spills, including economic, cultural and recreational impacts; and
- Maximizing application of regulations to marine spills.