Current Conditions


Pipeline firms to pay all costs, damages in new spill safety rules

May 15, 2014 - 4:56 AM

VANCOUVER - Pipeline companies will be liable for all costs and damages from a spill, regardless of fault or negligence, under changes to the federal pipeline regime.

Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says pipeline operators will also have to have a minimum amount of cash available to pay cleanup costs and the National Energy board will be given the power to order reimbursement for those affected by a spill.

They are the latest in a number of changes to marine and pipeline safety as British Columbia is divided by debate over two major pipeline proposals in the province.

On Tuesday, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced changes to marine safety regulations around oil spills, including a $400 million compensation fund to cover the costs of a marine spill.

The federal government is expected to announce its final decision on the contentious Northern Gateway pipeline next month.

Project opponents worry that a spill of diluted bitumen on land or from tankers along the B.C. coast could be disastrous.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2014
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kelowna News
  • Comments
  • Warnings about fentanyl-laced marijuana in the Southern Interior
    THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – Fentanyl is being mixed with marijuana here in the Southern Interior, leading the Kamloops ASK Wellness Society to be even more concerned about the rise of deaths related
  • Kelowna Conservation Officers save large buck tangled in volleyball net
    KELOWNA - Conservation Officers reportedly came to the rescue of a large buck that was entangled in a volleyball net, according to a Facebook post by the Conservation Officer Service "D
  • Kamloops senior almost swindled out of $4,800
    KAMLOOPS - Yesterday, a Kamloops senior had a close call with a pair of brazen scam artists. Staff Sgt. Edward Preto says in a release that yesterday, Oct. 21, an elderly woman received a ph
  • Saying goodbye to Kelowna’s perogy king
    KELOWNA – Whether you knew him from the slopes of Big White or his restaurant in downtown Kelowna, you never forgot the first time you tried Cecil’s perogies. Cecil Warwaruk move
  • Crews respond to fire at Kelowna casino
    KELOWNA - This morning, firefighters responded to a minor fire at Chances on Springfield Road. According to a release issued by Dennis Miller of the Kelowna Fire Department, crews received a

View Site in: Desktop | Mobile