Spill Regime e-Link Messages

Listed below are the most recent B.C. Spill Response Regime e-link messages sent out to subscribers.

Technical Working Group and Public Engagement Summary Reports Online

November 28, 2016

In May 2016, the proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act passed in the Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent. Now, regulations are being developed to enact the new legislation.

Input from the five-phase engagement process on the third Intentions Paper will be used to inform the development of the first set of regulations due out in early 2017.

Between July and September 2016, the ministry received the following input from technical working groups focused on three specific topics:

Formal consultation on the third Intentions Paper is now summarized and available online:

Next Steps

A policy update paper is due out before the end of 2016 to provide a detailed review of the new regulations. As development of the new Regime continues, ministry staff will continue to provide intention and policy papers on each set of new regulations for public review and comment.


First Nations Engagement Summary Reports Now Available; Technical Working Groups Begin.

July 19, 2016

Please see the Spill Response Engagement webpage for more implementation details on the five-phase engagement process outlined below through which the ministry:

  1. Sought public input on a third intentions paper
  2. Held a plenary session for industry, local governments, First Nations and other stakeholders and published the presentations and summary reports online.
  3. Held regional meetings with First Nations; summary reports now available
  4. Began meetings with the first set of technical working groups (Overview (PDF)) for priority regulations on:
    • Defining regulated persons
    • Determining spill contingency plan content
    • Setting spill response times
    • Developing a framework for the Preparedness and Response Organization.
  5. Will publish a final engagement summary paper in the Fall 2016.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and participation in the development of the B.C. Spill Response Regime.


Public Input on Third Intentions Paper Due June 30, 2016

June 13, 2016

On May 10, after several days of debate, the BC Legislative Assembly passed the proposed changes to the Environmental Management Act, 2016, without change. Royal Assent was given on May 19, 2016.  The new legislation can be accessed from the Legislative Assembly Progress of Bills table (Bill 21). 

Next Steps

Regulations to enact the new legislation will be prepared using a staggered approach, with a priority set of regulations ready in early 2017. Three priority Technical Working Groups on regulated persons, response times and spill contingency plans will work over the summer months to prepare recommendations.

A Core Technical Working Group to inform regulations for the Preparedness and Response Organization (PRO) will also convene in June, with sub-groups on specific topics developing more gradually. A First Nations Core Group will be created early and will determine how its members contribute to the other groups. A Technical Working Group to discuss Geographic Response Plans is currently slated to start in early September 2016.

Please see the Spill Response Engagement webpage for more implementation details on the five-phase engagement process outlined below through which the ministry:

  1. Seeks public input on a third intentions paper
  2. Held a plenary session for industry, local governments, First Nations and other stakeholders and published the presentations and summary reports online.
  3. Is holding regional meetings with First Nations
  4. Is scheduling technical working groups to inform the new regulations and continuing to meet with interested parties to answer questions about the proposed regime.
  5. Will publish a final engagement summary paper. 

Thank you for your ongoing interest and participation in the development of the B.C. Spill Response Regime. 


Engagement Materials and Symposium Feedback Now Available

May 3, 2016

The Ministry of Environment recently held a 2-day symposium to invite feedback on the proposed legislation summarized in the Third Intentions Paper: Spill Preparedness and Response in BC – Proposed Amendments to the Environmental Management Act and Proposed Regulations.  A Preliminary Symposium Summary as well as presentations and speakers’ notes are now available online.

Please use the following links to:

Next Steps

Before the Fall, the ministry intends to:

  • Hold seven regional workshops with First Nations.
  • Coordinate Technical Working Groups commencing in early May to inform the development of specific topic policy and regulations.
  • Publish a more detailed Symposium Summary Report.
  • Publish a report summarizing input from all of the five engagement phases (online forum, symposium, First Nations regional workshops, Technical Working Groups).
     

Public Input Sought on Spill Response Regime

April 5, 2016

The Province is inviting British Columbians to review and comment on a new intentions paper around spill preparedness and response in B.C.

Until June 30, 2016, citizens, stakeholders and First Nations can review the intentions paper and share their thoughts on the newly proposed legislated requirements for spill planning and preparedness through http://engage.gov.bc.ca/spillresponse.

This public engagement period builds on previous stakeholder, industry, First Nation and public consultation on two other spill intentions papers, released in 2012 and 2014.

The previous consultations helped government develop the proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act (currently before the Legislature) to ensure B.C. has a world-leading spill preparedness and response regime. The proposed legislation is linked to this table that outlines the progress of bills in the current session.

Next Steps

The ministry has designed a five-phase engagement process to discuss the proposed legislative and regulatory changes with industry, communities, First Nations, first responders and the public:

  • Release of the spill response intentions paper
  • Plenary session for industry, local governments, First Nations and other stakeholders
  • Regional meetings with First Nations
  • Technical working groups
  • Final summary paper 
     

EMA Amendments Introduced

March 1, 2016

Amendments to the Environmental Management Act (EMA) were introduced yesterday. If passed, they will provide the legal foundation to establish a new, world-leading spill preparedness and response regime to address environmental emergencies in B.C.

The proposed spills regime will ensure effective preparedness, response and recovery measures are in place for hazardous substance spills, from any source, and reflect over two years of engagement with industry, First Nations and local government. This legislation will:

  • Establish new requirements for spill preparedness, response and recovery
  • Create new offences and penalties
  • Enable the certification of a Preparedness and Response Organization
  • Increase transparency, participation and accountability

As well, a report prepared for the province by Nuka Research titled Publication Marine Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery - World-leading Approaches from Selected Jurisdictions is now available.

Read more…

Next Steps

The launch of the current public consultation on the world-leading regime will begin once a third intentions paper is completed and published on-line; public comments will be received on-line at that time. Input will also be received during a two-day overview workshop planned for April 2016 alongside a series of regional meetings with First Nations.