Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Environment’s review of Land Based Spill Preparedness and Response in British Columbia

The Ministry of Environment has extended the consultation period for its intentions paper on land based spill preparedness and response. The comment period will now be open until July 25, 2014. update June 17 2014

The Ministry of Environment is looking for public comment on a proposed new system to protect B.C.’s environment from land based spills of oil and other hazardous materials. A second intentions paper released on April 25, 2014 outlines three proposed elements that lay the foundation for a world leading spill response system for the province. This intentions paper is the result of more than a year of consultation and technical research.

The Ministry is inviting comment on the second intentions paper until July 25th, 2014. Comments can be submitted by email, letter, or by completing the electronic response form below. All submissions will be reviewed for inclusion in a consultation summary report.

Please return this document with your answers and comments to Cindy Bertram of C. Rankin & Associates, who has been contracted to manage consultation comments, at:

Email: cindybertram@shaw.ca
Mail: PO Box 28159 Westshore RPO
Victoria B.C. V9B 6K8

Background

First Intentions Paper:

The public consultation period on the first intentions paper closed on Feb. 15, 2013. Comments received during the consultation are now found in the intentions paper feedback summary.

Symposium:

The ministry hosted a symposium in March of 2013 to discuss world class spill preparedness and response with approximately 200 participants. For information on B.C.’s symposium on land based spill preparedness and response, including copies of the presentations made by speakers, go to 2013 BC Land Based Spill Preparedness and Response Symposium.

Working Groups and First Nations/Non-Governmental Organizations Engagement:

During 2013, the project team consulted with three working groups with representatives from industry, local government, First Nations and environmental non-governmental organizations. The three working groups included people with technical expertise in the three pillars of spill response: preparedness, response and recovery. A separate advisory committee reviewed the outcomes of the working groups and looked at the proposed system as a whole. From Fall 2013 to Spring 2014, the project team also focused on reengaging with environmental organizations and First Nations who had expressed interest in the project but were not able to participate in the working groups. All of the information gathered at the above meetings was used to inform the second intentions paper.

The Ministry will continue to engage stakeholders as the process unfolds, with specific emphasis on gathering input from First Nations.