Presentation on theme: "British Columbia Jurisdictional Update Pacific States / British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force AGM September 2013, Seattle, Washington Wes Shoemaker, Deputy."— Presentation transcript:
British Columbia Jurisdictional Update Pacific States / British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force AGM September 2013, Seattle, Washington Wes Shoemaker, Deputy Minister British Columbia Ministry of Environment Our Mandate is to plan for, coordinate, implement and manage a program to protect the environment and the public in the event of an environmental emergency or disaster.
Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski Recovery Operation: US Navy Transport Ship Heavy Oil Recovery Unified Command
Approx. 3,500 notifications on environmental emergencies per year – 90% minor. Increasing industrial / transport activity, particularly oil and gas, port development Diverse environment; terrain, weather, and natural hazards. Spills in BC
Natural Resource & Transportation Developments Natural Resources Oil and gas Mining Accessing Markets Pipelines Rail and roads Port Expansion
Requirements for B.C. to Consider Support for Heavy Oil Pipelines 1.Successful completion of the environmental review process; 2.World-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines and shipments; 3.World-leading practices for land oil spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines; 4.Legal requirements regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights are addressed, and First Nations are provided with the opportunities; and 5.British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits of a proposed heavy oil project that reflects the level, degree and nature of the risk borne by the province, the environment and taxpayers.
World Leading Marine Regime Federal Review Tanker Safety Expert Panel Liability and Compensation review Provincial Assessment Submission to tanker panel 3 rd party consultant reports
World Leading Land Regime Create a world class regime for spill preparedness and response Ensure effective government oversight of industry spill response Develop standards and a process for restoration of the environment following a spill
Incorporates industry funding into government program budgets and spill response funds; Have emergency response staff and robust prevention, preparedness and response work. Require coordinated industry geographic response plans; and/or, Allow for meeting contingency plan requirements through a spill response organizations. Our neighbouring coastal jurisdictions...
Land Based Spill Preparedness and Response Review November 2012 – Intentions Paper & consultation March 2013 – Symposium on world-leading practices in spill response Spring 2013 – Advisory Committee and Working Groups formed Spring 2013 to now – Province engaging with WGs on preparedness, response and recovery
Next steps Three technical working groups conclude. Advisory Committee provides analysis of policy options Ministry reviews input and prepares draft policy direction Release of second intentions paper and consultation Review of consultation input and drafting of enabling legislation
For additional information on BCs Environmental Emergency Program, please visit our website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/eemp Thank You!