Wells inquiry resumes this week

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Commissioner may need until mid-October to submit report

The Wells Inquiry into offshore helicopter safety will resume Wednesday.

Inquiry commissioner Robert Wells expects to have his report done by the end of this month — but he won’t be ready to submit it by the Sept. 30 deadline.

He’ll need a couple of more weeks to fine-tune the report that will  recommend ways to make helicopter travel safer for offshore workers.

“It’s conceivable that I would have the report ready by the end of September,” Wells said in an interview.

“But I have to say it may take a further couple of weeks to complete it, in which case I hope that CNLOPB would bear with me.

“I may want to be fine-tuning it into October, but it certainly won’t go beyond that.”The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) set up the inquiry following the March 12, 2009, helicopter crash that killed 15 offshore workers and two pilots.

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Organizations: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Transportation Safety Board, Transport Canada

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