Canada should look at reducing or banning the shipment of heavy oils in the Arctic, says a report prepared for the federal government.
The report, released late Wednesday, focuses heavily on the lack of resources for emergency response on Canada’s northern coast, including a reduction in Coast Guard services.
“Responding to spills in the Arctic is extremely challenging due to the unique features of this region, such as the presence and extent of ice, the lack of infrastructure and the potentially remote location of the spill,” says the report, the second from an expert panel on tanker safety appointed at the height of debate over the Northern Gateway pipeline.
The risk of a ship-source oil spill is currently very low due to reduced traffic, but that is expected to change with an increase in mining, oil and gas exploration and the disappearance of sea ice in the Northwest Passage.
Canada has work to do
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