Natural Resources Minister Joe OliverLast summer, B.C. Premier Christy Clark outlined her five "minimum requirements" for the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. The conditions included: completion of the environmental review process, First Nations accommodation, a greater share of the revenues generated from the project and improved marine and land spill response.
On Monday, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Transport Minister Denis Lebel delivered on one of those conditions.
At a press conference in B.C., the duo announced 8 new measures that, they say, will make Canada a world-leader in spill response.
Of note, the government will expand the National Aerial Surveillance Program, a fleet of aircrafts that keeps an eye out for illegal discharges of pollution at sea. The Feds will also appoint a "Tanker Safety Expert Panel" to advise the government on best-practices.
Moreover, all ships – whether they’re Canadian-owned or foreign-owned – will now require annual inspections.
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