The Federal Government this week announced today new measures designed to achieve a world-class tanker safety system building on the recommendations from the Tanker Safety Expert Panel and other studies. The central planks of the announcement are:
- Prevention Measures: taking all reasonable measures to avoid spills in the first place including the widespread adoption of e-navigation.
- Preparedness and Response: responding to and cleaning spills quickly and effectively
- Area Response Planning: the Government will work collaboratively with each of Canada’s four certified response organizations and other key stakeholders to develop and implement tailored response plans in four areas that have the highest level of tanker traffic: The southern portion of British Columbia; Saint John and the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick; Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia; and Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec.
- Building Marine Safety Capacity in Aboriginal Communities
- Alternative Response Measures
- Liability and Compensation: Ensuring polluters pay and that anyone negatively impacted would be compensated.
For the full announcement see: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=847489