Target: British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak
Goal: Support creation of emergency oil spill response company and stricter rules for oil pipelines.
British Columbia has come under scrutiny in regards to their current protocol on handling oil spills. The Environment Minister has recognized the country’s faults and has stated that they will create an emergency response company that is trained for oil spill response. She also introduced new guidelines that would be stricter on oil companies pipelines.
The British Columbia government became aware of the faults in their system when a container ship leaked thousands of liters of bunker fuel into the English Bay earlier this year. Their response team was criticized for slow response to various oil spills, which many believe is due to lack of coordination between governmental agencies. Many citizens who live near the bodies of water where oil has spilled claim that the response teams never get all the oil and that they will not swim due to fear of the oil that still remains.
The creation of the emergency response company, called the Preparedness and Response Organization, will give the country confidence that all is being done to protect citizens and wildlife. The new requirements will require practice drills, enhanced reporting, communication plans, and environmental damage assessments after a cleanup. The Environment Minister recognizes that they have been able to contain and handle small spills, but they are unprepared for a major spill without the creation of this new legislation.
British Columbia’s current response to oil spills is outdated and ineffective. This new legislature that requires extensive training, undergoing practice drills, and enhanced communication between governmental agencies will ensure that in the event of an oil spill disaster, the country is prepared to handle it. Support this new legislation and help to protect the citizens and wildlife in British Columbia.
Dear Environment Minister Polak,
The current response plan in British Columbia in the event of an oil spill is outdated. The teams are not properly trained, have a slow response time, and often do not get all the oil that was spilled. This leaves the wildlife and citizens of the area vulnerable to the effects of the oil.
The newly introduced legislation would create a properly trained response team that has undergone practice drills and will enhance communication between governmental agencies. This will help to more effectively handle oil spills and prepare the country to deal with a major one. I support the creation of an emergency response company and encourage continued legislature that will protect the area from further oil spills.
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