Excuse me being cynical on this, but isn’t this the same government that was boasting a couple of years ago about how it wasn’t a problem to be closing coast guard stations and that they already had a “world-leading” response to oil spills in the water, which proved to be a non-starter in Vancouver Bay last year?
The B.C. government is set to introduce a new law requiring oil companies to have what it calls a “world-leading” response to oil spills on land — creating a path for industry to meet one of the province’s five requirements for heavy oil pipelines. Environment Minister Mary Polak said the province’s existing Environmental Management Act was “really out of date,” and the amendments will require companies to prepare for an oil spill on land and clean up after one. (CBC)