Canada Increases Scrutiny of Offshore Drilling


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Trying to Avoid a Repeat of the BP Oil Spill

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is already having repercussions up North, not because the oil got caught into the loop current and floated around Florida and all the way up the Atlantic, but because Canadian regulators have decided to keep a closer eye on Chevron and Swedish drilling company Stena AB off the coast of the province of Newfoundland.

A Preview of Upcoming Tougher Drilling Regulations?

So far this doesn't mean new regulations, but rather stricter enforcement of existing rules:

Chevron officials, along with those from the Swedish drilling company Stena AB, must meet with regulators once a week to review matters of interests, and will face onboard inspections every three to four weeks, compared to the normal three to four months. [...]

Prior to penetrating the hydrocarbon zones, Chevron and Stena must take a "time out" from their operations to satisfy the board that "all appropriate equipment, systems and procedures are in place to allow operations to proceed safely and without polluting the environment," the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) said in a release.

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But that's a good start. If existing rules had been better applied, the Deepwater Horizon problem might not have happened because the blowout preventer would've been much better inspected over time, and it would probably have worked when needed.

Via Globe and Mail

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