Spill Response Engagement Materials
Engagement with industry, local governments, First Nations, other regulatory agencies and non-government organizations will occur to varying degrees throughout the development of the Regime. Summaries are provided below, with the most recent activities listed first.
2017 Policy Update
This policy paper will be used to build regulations for the Land-Base Spill Preparedness and Response Regime due to be introduced this spring. If you have any comments please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical Working Groups
It is the ministry’s intention to complete select regulations in early 2017; other regulations will take longer to develop. Public input on the third Intentions Paper will inform the regulation development, including the following input from three technical working groups that met between July and September 2016:
- Regulated Person Final Technical Working Group Report (PDF)
- Spill Contingency Plan Technical Working Group Final Report (PDF)
- Response Times Technical Working Group Report (PDF)
Stakeholder Discussion Papers
Throughout the legislative and regulatory change process, some participants are proposing their own solutions and recommendations to ministry staff for consideration. Formal proposals and ministry responses are catalogued below.
Several industry groups generated a proposal for how a Preparedness and Response Organization (PRO) would best help them meet their new legal obligations as Regulated Persons. In response, the ministry provided two documents to clarify their legislative intent.
- Industry PRO Proposal (PDF) (2015)
- Ministry Review of the Industry PRO Proposal (PDF) (2016)
- PRO Bottom Line (PDF) (2016)
2016 First Nations Engagement
In early May 2016, the BC First Nations Fisheries Council, contracted by the ministry, hosted six regional workshops for First Nations to present information and start discussions regarding the improvements and legislative changes being made to the BC spill response regime. These workshops were not considered Crown consultation for any specific project.
A seventh First Nations engagement workshop on the BC spill response regime was held in Vancouver in June 2016 and led by the Coastal First Nations - Great Bear Initiative on behalf of the ministry.
2016 Land-Based Spill Preparedness and Response Symposium
This two-day symposium held in Richmond on April 20 and 21, 2016 was designed to gather feedback on the new legislation summarized in the third Intentions Paper, to seek input on the development of new regulations and to identify participants for technical working groups.
*All links are PDFs unless otherwise specified.
- Speaking Notes Wes Shoemaker Introduction
- Speaking Notes Anthony Danks Introduction
- Presentation Introduction Anthony Danks
- Speaking Notes Geographic Response Plans
- Presentation Geographic Response Plans
- Speaking Notes Recovery
- Presentation Recovery
- Speaking Notes Regulated Persons
- Presentation Regulated Persons
- Speaking Notes Drills Exercises Reporting
- Presentation Drills Exercises Reporting
- Speaking Notes Spill Contingency Plans
- Presentation Spill Contingency Plans
- Speaking Notes Response Times and Reporting
- Presentation Response Times and Reporting
- Speaking Notes Preparedness and Response Organization
- Presentation Preparedness and Response Organization
The Ministry released a third intentions paper in April 2016. With this release, a five-phase public engagement process commenced to gather public input on the paper during a two-day Symposium, through seven regional First Nations workshops, with Technical Working Groups and via an online public discussion site. Materials specific to each phase of the public engagement are included on this webpage and a final summary of all the phases is provided below.
- Third Intentions Paper – Spill Preparedness and Response in BC, Proposed Amendments to the Environmental Management Act and Proposed Regulations (PDF)
- Public Engagement Summary 2016 on the third intentions paper - 2016 (PDF)
Second Intentions Paper
The Ministry released a second intentions paper outlining specific changes being considered. The list includes strengthening the role of local governments and First Nations in spill response, increasing the technical spill response for companies operating in B.C. and creating a preparedness and response organization.
- Second Intentions Paper - Land Based Spill Preparedness and Response in BC (2014) (PDF)
- Second Intentions Paper – Summary of Public Comments (2014) (PDF)
The summary document was prepared for the Ministry of Environment by a third-party contractor and released below, with the permission granted from those who made submissions.
- Consultation Submissions (PDF)
2013 Land-Based Spill Preparedness and Response Symposium
The Province hosted the BC Land-Based Spill Preparedness and Response Symposium in March 2013, which delivered presentations and feedback from discussion groups that explored the topic areas through facilitated discussion groups.
Included are the results of the pre- and post- symposdium participant surveys. All of the below are PDFs unless otherwise stated.
- Final Symposium Summary Report
- Final Symposium Report (1.8 MB)
- Final Post-Symposium Survey Responses
- Participant List
- Symposium Final Agenda
- New CSA Standard on Emergency Preparedness and Response for Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Systems - Position Paper
- Summary of Pre-Symposium Survey Responses – March 2013
- Minister's Roundtable Meeting: Intentions Paper Presentation
- BC’s Spill Report Characterization - Presentation
- PriceWaterhouseCoopers: Recommendations for a Sustainable Funding Mechanism - Report (2008) (1.4 MB)
- PriceWatershouseCoopers: Addendum to 2008 Report
- PriceWatershouseCoopers: Summary of Changes Since 2008 Report
- Environment Canada’s Environmental Emergencies Program
- Chemistry Assoc. of Canada: Transportation Emergency Assistance Program (TEAP III) - Presentation (1.1 MB)
- Closing Remarks by Honourable Terry Lake, Minister of Environment
- Recommendations for a Sustainable Funding Mechanism - Ian Brown, PWC (PDF)
- Funding Mechanism - Dale Jensen, WA State (PDF 1 MB)
- California: Funding Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness & Response - Capt. Scott Schaefer, USCG (Ret.) (PDF)
- Canadian Fuels Association - John Skowronski, CFA (PDF)
- Achieving World Class Performance Through Improved Practices - Harden Ritchie, CEPA (PDF 1.7 MB)
- ETV–CG Industry Funding Example - Frank E. Holmes, Western States Petroleum Association (PDF)
- Western Canadian Spill Services Overview - Al MacFayden, Western Canadian Spill Services (PDF 1.2 MB)
- Developing and Delivering Remediation Endpoints Following an Oil Release to the Red Deer River, Alberta - Curtis Brock, M.Sc., Alberta Government (PDF 4.6 MB)
- Risk-Informed Decision-Making Framework & Risk Management for Land-based Hazardous Materials Spills in British Columbia - Dr. Ziad Shawwash, UBC (PDF 1.2 MB)
- Risk Based Approach to Assessing Acute Human Health Risks During and After a Spill - Cindy Ott, SLR Global Environmental Solutions (PDF 1 MB)
- Planning Standards, Response Times and Benchmarking - Scott Wright, Western Canada Marine Response (PDF 2.7 MB)
- Changing Risk Picture in the Pacific Northwest - Chip Boothe (Washington State Department of Ecology) (PDF 1.3 MB)
- Volunteer Coordination in Washington State - Nhi Irwin, Ecology Washington State (PDF 1 MB)
- A Collaboratively Developed Vessel Traffic Simulation for the Boundary Waters between Washington State and British Columbia - Todd Hass, PhD, Chad Bowechop and Fred Felleman, Puget Sound Partnership (PDF)
- The Role for Standards for Helping Ensure Environmental Protection When Responding to Land-Based Oil Spills - David Campbell, CSA Group (PDF)
- Lessons Learned from the Kalamazoo Pipeline Leak - Chris Battaglia, Focus Wildlife (PDF 4 MB)
- Marine Spill Funding Model - Mark Johncox, Western Canada Marine Response (PDF 1.1 MB)
- Funding Model for Pipeline Incident Cleanup and Reclamation - Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (PDF 1 MB)
- Shoreline Clean up and Assessment Technique and the Silvertip Incident - Gary Mauseth and Greg Challenger (PDF 5.5 MB)
- Geographic Response Strategy in Alaska - Mike Munger, Cook Inlet RCAC (PDF 2.3 MB)
- Oiled Wildlife Response Realizing Best Practices - Coleen Doucette, Oiled Wildlife Society of British Columbia (PDF 1.6 MB)
- Best Available Protection in Oil Spill Planning Standards - Linda Pilkey-Jarvis (Washington State Department of Ecology) (PDF 1.8 MB)
- Deepwater Horizon - Capt. Scott Schaefer, USCG (Ret.) (PDF 1 MB)
- Emergency Preparedness and Response for Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Systems - Brian Lamond, CSA (PDF 1.1 MB)
- Building an Integrated Spill Response System for First Responders - Elise DeCola & Brian House (MER) (PDF 1.3 MB)
- Spill Contingency Planning - Josie Clark, (US Environmental Protection Agency) (PDF)
- Transportation Emergency Assistance Program (TEAP III) - Louis Laferriere, CIAC (PDF)
- A Self-assessment Process: The Road to Enhanced Emergency Preparedness and Response - Randall H. Scott, CRSP (PDF)
- Washington State Natural Resources Damage Assessment - David Byers (Washington State Department of Ecology) (PDF 2.3 MB)
- NRDA Joint Assessment Teams - Ian Zelo – NOAA Office of Response & Restoration (PDF 1 MB)
- Upstream Oil and Gas - Canadian Assocation of Petroleum Producers (PDF)
- Overview of Spills Management and Emergency Response Programs in the railway sector - Curtis Myson, Normand Pellerin, Kevin Houle, Railway Association of Canada (PDF 1.9 MB)
- Critical Incidents… Critical Relationships - Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh Nation Perspective (PDF 3.1 MB)
- A Collaboratively Developed Vessel Traffic Simulation for the Boundary Waters between Washington State and British Columbia - Todd Hass, Ph D, Chad Bowechop, Fred Fellemen, Pudget Sound Partnership (PDF 2.6 MB)
First Intentions Paper
In 2012, the Ministry also released a first intentions paper. Comments on the first intention paper were provided in the following ways: research reports; three technical working groups; an advisory committee; and input received during ministry presentations to conferences, local governments, First Nations and environmental organizations.
- First Intentions Paper - Land-Based Spill Preparedness and Response in BC (2012) (PDF)
- First Intentions Paper - Summary of Public Comments (2013) (PDF)
Studies & Reports
Nuka Research October 2015 publication prepared for the Province titled Marine Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery - World-leading Approaches from Selected Jurisdictions - The purpose of this report is to provide the Ministry with examples of specific laws, regulations, policies and practices in place across the globe that stand out among world-class approaches to oil spill prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. (PDF 10.24MB)
The West Coast Spill Response Study, prepared for the Province by Nuka Research, provides key elements for a world class system that includes spill prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The study consists of three volumes:
- Volume 1 (PDF 7.98MB) – An initial assessment and gap analysis of the existing marine spill prevention and response regime in place for B.C.
- Volume 2 (PDF 5.81MB) – A vessel traffic study assessing the current and potential levels of shipping on the west coast of Canada, and the current volume of hydrocarbons being shipped or used as fuel.
- Volume 3 (PDF 4.98MB) – An analysis to identify international best practices and elements required for establishing a world class marine spill preparedness and response regime, which is one of B.C.'s five conditions for considering heavy oil transport.
In 2012, the Ministry released the Technical Analysis, Requirements for British Columbia to Consider Support for Heavy Oil which listed five conditions, including:
- World-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.’s coastline and ocean to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines and shipments;
- World-leading practices for land oil spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy oil pipelines.
Though marine oil spill response falls under federal jurisdiction, the Regime will be developed in collaboration with all related regulatory agencies to ensure effectiveness and to avoid any unnecessary duplication.