Cleary says C-NLOPB dragging its feet on review of oil spill response

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Newfoundland MP Ryan Cleary says the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has failed to complete a review of oil spill response capabilities of offshore oil companies almost a year after committing to do so.

Ryan Cleary

“This delay is unacceptable,” the NDP MP said.

“The C-NLOBP initially raised concerns over whether operators under its jurisdiction had oil spill response capabilities six years ago.

“The offshore regulator is dragging its feet and falling down on the job of ensuring the environment is protected.”

A news release notes that in a fall 2012 report from Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, it was recommended that the C-NLOPB should complete its review of spill response capability of operators “as soon as possible.” In its response, the C-NLOPB agreed, and committed to completing its review by March 31, 2013.

Cleary noted he introduced two private members’ motions in the House of Commons in 2013 to strengthen worker and environmental protection in the offshore oil industry.

 The first motion called on the federal government to work in collaboration with the province to ensure the C-NLOPB is prepared to handle an offshore oil spill. The section motion urged the federal government to engage the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in an effort to establish an independent offshore safety regulator as recommended in the Wells Inquiry report on offshore helicopter safety.




Organizations: Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, House of Commons, Wells Inquiry

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • You don't know what you've got, 'til it's covered in oil.
    February 13, 2014 - 18:38

    I'm glad Mr. Cleary is pressing on this issue. This is so important to this province. Just imagine an "Alaskan Exxon Valdeez" type disaster occurring here. There is no excuse for the oil industry to not be preparing for the eventuality of a big spill. They care about profits, not the environment. Environmental protection is not important to them. Following a catastrophic spill, fingers will be pointed in every direction except at themselves. Government will be the most to blame for not requiring disaster preparedness. It's not even enough to have the required equipment ready (which apparently don't have ready.) There should be mock-disaster response drills occurring and clearly defined roles for responders.

    • david
      February 15, 2014 - 11:28

      The statement that oil companies care highly about profit is correct, but is interpereted incorrectly as "evil" and as being exclusive of any "good" consequences. Forget all the meaningless, immeasureable eco-platitudes that people like you throw out like candy, here's the irrefutable fact: the cleanup costs, production downtime, legal expenses, and costly negative PR that accidents and spills cost ---- real, accountable money, not the "government" kind ---- reduces profit. That's bad. They don't want that. In the "real world", people are highly paid to, among other things, be completely accountable. They can get summarily fired over that stuff. And rational, sane people quickly figure out what is best for their self-preservation . They're greedy too. I find it so telling that Newfoundlanders mostly hate business. Any business. Because being hard core addicts of government and political BS, they don't know anything else.

  • Boooooo
    February 13, 2014 - 18:25

    As far as I am concerned, Ryan Cleary and his party, the NDP, have lost credibility. He needs to do some research and find answers to even the most basic, common sense questions before he runs on in the media. Period.

  • david
    February 13, 2014 - 15:42

    Mr. Cleary: The truth about CNLOPB --- ie. it's complete incompetence as an overseer of complex, environmentally highly risky activities going on 24/7 ---- is not NEARLY as interesting to people here as complete fairy tales about the possibility of eventual fracking. I advise you to adjust your talking points accordingly.