Province hires consultant to review offshore oil spill safety practices

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The provincial government today named master mariner Capt. Mark Turner, an expert in marine safety and environmental management, to immediately start a review of the offshore oil spill prevention and response in place off Newfoundland and Labrador.
"The oil industry around the world is watching the events unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico and what lessons can be learned from the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig," Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale said in a news release.
"Our government is acting responsibly to retain an expert in this area to review current industry practices and ensure the industry has the best possible prevention and response procedures in the world."
Premier Danny Williams committed last week to an independent review of the legislative and regulatory regimes, capabilities and practices in place in the province for prevention and remediation of oil spills.
The consultant will meet with the Department of Natural Resources to develop a work plan to complete the scope of work within 90 days.
Turner has over 30 years work experience encompassing a variety of direct marine, onshore and offshore oil and gas operations and project management positions, and olds a number of technical certifications, including a Master of Science Degree in Maritime Law and Practice. He was formerly chief operating officer of North Atlantic Pipeline Partners and Newfoundland LNG Ltd.
The consultant will undertake the following tasks:
Review and report on the effectiveness of legislative and regulatory regimes, capabilities and practices in place to prevent an oil spill, and respond to and remediate an oil spill in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area, including from ship sources involving tankers dedicated to the offshore industry or oil tanker traffic generally.
Include a comparison in these reviews to the requirements, capabilities and practices in other comparable jurisdictions internationally including Norway, the UK, Australia and the Gulf of Mexico. The comparisons will take into account the physical environment in each of these jurisdictions.
Review and report on how the liability for costs of oil spill response and cleanup is determined and apportioned amongst relevant parties.
Develop evidence-based conclusions from the above noted reviews and submit any recommendations for changes that, if implemented, would bring the legislative and regulatory regimes, capabilities and practices in Newfoundland and Labrador in line with the most progressive regimes, capabilities and best practices internationally.

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources, North Atlantic Pipeline Partners, Newfoundland LNG

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Gulf of Mexico, Maritime Norway UK Australia

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  • J
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    This knee jerk reaction to the Deepwater Horizon accident beg's the question why didn't the Government find an industry expert on Well Control - you know the equipment and practices that 99.999% of the time actually PREVENT oil spills and incidents.

  • Wasted
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Shouldn't the CNLOPB have staff competent to do this.

    It's certainly a good idea however with the amount of resources the CNLOPB has, I surprised they have to go outside for expertise.

  • Maurice E.
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    The province's News Release says that Quote ....we are satisfied with the level of environmental protection..... Unquote.

    So how objective will the review be, when in their own News release the Province is telling the public (and therefore Captain Turner himself), that the government is already ..... satisfied with the level of protection...., and furthermore, that the review will ..... help us ensure industry is doing everything it can.... ?

    These kind of statements are, in effect, and in advance, telling Captain Turner what the government believes, and therefore influencing and making much more difficult for Captain Turner to indeed, truely conduct an OBJECTIVE review.

    Is this the same kind of OBJECTIVE review that was done for the St. Anthony air ambulance?

  • member of the 20%
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I welcome an outside review, if its indeed impartial and independent. The responses by CNLOPB during the Cougar inquiry left alot to be desired. I hope that this review, and hopefully the eventual publically disclosed report, will be unbiased and that Dan's regime doesn't interfere with and influence the findings and subsequent recommendations. Pardon me for being a little paranoid and skeptical but the history and reputation of this administration requires scrutiny. I hope a review of political persuasion and financial support of Mr. Turner and his companies is not warranted; it would water down its effectiveness and impartiality if he, or they, were found to be strong Tory supporters. Past experience shows many unsolicited paybacks.

  • William Daniels
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    I'm sure Danny is quite a busy man. Does he really have the time to do the CNLOPB's job as well?

  • J
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    This knee jerk reaction to the Deepwater Horizon accident beg's the question why didn't the Government find an industry expert on Well Control - you know the equipment and practices that 99.999% of the time actually PREVENT oil spills and incidents.

  • Wasted
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Shouldn't the CNLOPB have staff competent to do this.

    It's certainly a good idea however with the amount of resources the CNLOPB has, I surprised they have to go outside for expertise.

  • Maurice E.
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    The province's News Release says that Quote ....we are satisfied with the level of environmental protection..... Unquote.

    So how objective will the review be, when in their own News release the Province is telling the public (and therefore Captain Turner himself), that the government is already ..... satisfied with the level of protection...., and furthermore, that the review will ..... help us ensure industry is doing everything it can.... ?

    These kind of statements are, in effect, and in advance, telling Captain Turner what the government believes, and therefore influencing and making much more difficult for Captain Turner to indeed, truely conduct an OBJECTIVE review.

    Is this the same kind of OBJECTIVE review that was done for the St. Anthony air ambulance?

  • member of the 20%
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    I welcome an outside review, if its indeed impartial and independent. The responses by CNLOPB during the Cougar inquiry left alot to be desired. I hope that this review, and hopefully the eventual publically disclosed report, will be unbiased and that Dan's regime doesn't interfere with and influence the findings and subsequent recommendations. Pardon me for being a little paranoid and skeptical but the history and reputation of this administration requires scrutiny. I hope a review of political persuasion and financial support of Mr. Turner and his companies is not warranted; it would water down its effectiveness and impartiality if he, or they, were found to be strong Tory supporters. Past experience shows many unsolicited paybacks.

  • William Daniels
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    I'm sure Danny is quite a busy man. Does he really have the time to do the CNLOPB's job as well?