Industry regulator calls blackouts 'a mistake'
The board that regulates the province’s offshore oil industry said it was a mistake to black out sections of Chevron Canada’s oil spill response plan released to media outlets earlier this week.
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A small tour boat passes in front of the drill rig Glomar Grand Banks and a tow ship. The rig was about to be towed out of Bay Bulls to be deployed on the White Rose oil fields.
That plan laid out how the company would respond to an oil spill while drilling Canada’s deepest offshore well in the Orphan Basin located 430 kilometres northeast of St. John’s.
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) said Thursday it will now release four oil spill response plans “in the interest of the public’s right to know.”
Those plans include the Orphan exploration drilling program, along with those for the Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose oilfields.
They set out the roles and responsibilities of the oil companies, contractors and provincial and federal governments in responding to an oil spill off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The work would be overseen by the CNLOPB .
When the board releases the Chevron plan this time, it will include oil spill trajectory model information and oil spill response management information.
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