Commissioner may need until mid-October to submit report
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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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