The British Columbia government is moving forward with the second phase of spill regulations, announcing further stakeholder engagement on important elements such as spill response in sensitive areas and geographic response plans. The government will also establish an independent scientific advisory panel to recommend whether, and how, heavy oils (such as bitumen) can be safely transported and cleaned up. While the advisory panel is proceeding, the government is proposing regulatory restrictions on the increase of diluted bitumen (dilbit) transportation.
The second phase engagement process follows the first phase of regulatory overhaul introduced in October 2017, when the province established higher standards for spill preparedness, response, and recovery.
Feedback and Engagement
The province is planning an intentions paper for the end of February that will outline the government's proposed regulations and will be available for public comment.
In particular, the province will seek feedback on
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