The first phase of regulations regarding spill preparedness came into effect in October 2017. The second phase, happening now, includes the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s Intentions Paper outlining policy concepts government is considering to ensure effective spill management across the province. Government wishes to collect feedback from Indigenous community members, industry, local government, environmental organizations, affected stakeholders and the public on the proposed regulations.
As part of the engagement process, the Ministry will hold regional meetings with First Nations throughout March, April and May 2018, as well as establish working groups comprised of members from interested and impacted agencies and organizations.
There is also a public input phase. The online engagement will be open from February 28 to April 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM
You can participate in the following ways:
- Read the Intentions Paper
- Complete the online questionnaire
- Email your written submission to SpillResponse@gov.bc.ca before April 30, 2018. Written submissions will not be posted online but a list of organizations and individuals who submitted will be included in the final ‘What We Heard Report’.
All feedback will be summarized into a public ‘What We Heard’ report that will be posted online in summer 2018. New spill regulations are anticipated in 2019.
Further information is available at link https://engage.gov.bc.ca/spillsregulation/