Roles & Responsibilities

In addition to local, provincial and federal governments, industry and responding agencies have a shared interest and responsibility for the preparation and response to environmental emergencies in British Columbia. The common goal is the protection of people, property and the environment.

Response usually begins with industry and local government and a bottom-up escalation occurs if capacity is insufficient. The provincial government is unique in that it must be prepared to take over an incident should the Responsible Party (spiller/polluter) be unknown,  default on its response obligation, or if local government is unable to cope with the situation.