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B.C. government proposes new oil spill and transport regulations

The British Columbia government is proposing a second phase of regulations to improve preparedness, response and recovery from potential spills.

The first phase of the regulations, approved in October 2017, established a standard of preparedness, response and recovery necessary to protect B.C.'s environment. With some exceptions for B.C. oil and gas regulated entities, the Phase-1 regulations apply to pipelines transporting any quantity of liquid petroleum products, and rail or trucking operations transporting over 10,000 litres of liquid petroleum products.

For the second phase, the Province will be looking for feedback in five areas:

  • Response times, to ensure timely responses following a spill;
  • Geographic response plans, to ensure resources are available to support an immediate response, that take into account unique characteristics of a given sensitive area;
  • Compensation for loss of public and cultural use of land, resources or public amenities in the case of spills;
  • Maximizing application of regulations to marine spills; and
  • Restrictions on the increase of diluted bitumen ("dilbit") transportation until the behaviour of spilled bitumen can be better understood and there is certainty regarding the ability to adequately mitigate spills.

"The people of B.C. need to know that there is effective spill management across the province and, in particular, for our most environmentally sensitive areas, including coastlines," said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. "We believe spills should not happen. But if hazardous pollutants have potential to spill, our government will ensure that spillers must be prepared and able to fully mitigate the environmental damage before they proceed."

An independent scientific advisory panel will be established to make recommendations to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on if and how heavy oils can be safely transported and cleaned up, if spilled.

"The potential for a diluted bitumen spill already poses significant risk to our inland and coastal environment and the thousands of existing tourism and marine harvesting jobs," Heyman said. "British Columbians rightfully expect their government to defend B.C.'s coastline and our inland waterways, and the economic and environmental interests that are so important to the people in our province, and we are working hard to do just that."

The process to receive feedback on the proposed regulations will feature engagement with First Nations, to begin as soon as possible. To ensure the views of the broad range of stakeholders are heard, government will meet with industry, local governments and environmental groups over the coming weeks and months.

As well, the general public will be able to provide input online through written comments, once an intentions paper is released. The intentions paper will provide an overview of the proposed regulations, and is expected to be posted before the end of February 2018.

"We stand by our decision to approve the Trans Mountain Expansion, just as we stand by our commitment to British Columbians and all Canadians to implement world-leading measures to protect the environment and our coasts," said Jim Carr, federal minister of Natural Resources, in response to the announcement. "We have listened to the thousands of Canadians who told us we have responsibility to get our resources to markets in a way that protects the environment. The decision we took on the Trans Mountain Expansion remains in the national interest. And it was a decision based on facts and evidence - this has not changed. 

"The project is subject to 157 legally-binding conditions to protect the environment and ensure it moves forward in the safest, most environmentally-sound manner. Our historic investment of $1.5 billion dollars in a national Oceans Protection Plan is another example of our leadership to safeguard our coasts, and ensure the health of our marine environment."

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City request to stop work at Trans Mountain terminal denied by NEB

In its decision, the NEB found that the piping modifications at the Burnaby Terminal are not associated with the Expansion Project and that the relocation and decommissioning Orders appropriately allow Trans Mountain to optimize the site in preparation to offer new services to shippers.

The NEB has rejected a request by the City of Burnaby to rescind two Orders that authorize Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC to undertake pipeline relocations and decommissioning works at its Burnaby Terminal. The decision enables the company to continue its ongoing work to modify existing piping and related infrastructure within the facility.

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Bureau Veritas awarded major inspection contract for new oil field development

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Subsea Integration Alliance receives EPCIC contracts offshore Australia

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Packers Plus successfully installs more than 200 PrimeSET liner hangers in North America

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Ametek introduces AMEVision communication and display system capability for 3050 moisture analyzers

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New work trucks and equipment rolling out at The Work Truck Show 2019

Show attendees will have the opportunity to check out products from 26 first-time exhibitors in a special New Exhibitor Pavilion that opens an hour before the exhibit hall on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7. It’s located across from the Hall I exhibit hall entrance.

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Optical gas imaging tools for the oil and gas industry

An optical gas imaging camera is a highly specialized version of an IR or thermal imaging camera. It consists of a lens, a detector, electronics that process the signal from the detector, and a viewfinder or screen for the user to see the image produced by the camera.

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KROHNE to manufacture OPTIMASS twin bent tube coriolis mass flowmeter

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COSIA seeks presenters for Oil Sands Innovation Summit

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T.D. Williamson introduces 4-inch inspection tool for small diameter, low pressure pipelines

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Allen Engineering promotes Kyle Baker to national sales manager

In his new position, Baker will be responsible for managing, training and recruiting all the Allen direct sales personnel as well as the independent sales representatives that sell Allen Equipment in the United States and Canada.

Allen Engineering Corp. recently announced that Kyle Baker has been promoted to national sales manager for all sales operations in the United States and Canada.

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Encana selects Siemens to provide rotating equipment for Pipestone Processing Facility

Siemens’ SGT-750 turbine offers customers lower life cycle costs compared to competing turbines in the industry.

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TransCanada plans name change to TC Energy

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Husky considering sale of non-core downstream assets

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Demand to drive Canadian oil prices higher in 2019: Deloitte

Deloitte notes that Canadian oil prices should also strengthen in 2019 because of improved export capacity as a result of the Alberta government's plan to purchase additional rail cars to transport crude oil and the expanded capacity of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline, which transports a variety of Canadian crude oil to the United States.

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