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.
“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.