Canadian Senate Committee Recommends Government Scrap Tanker Ban Bill

By Nia Williams CALGARY, Alberta, May 16 (Reuters) - The premier of Canada's main crude-producing province Alberta on Thursday welcomed a Senate committee vote recommending the federal government does not proceed with a bill enacting an oil tanker moratorium along British Columbia's northern coast. The committee voted on Wednesday night against Bill C-48, which would ban oil … [Read more...]

ICS ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Canada’s Proposed Tanker Ban in Northern British Columbia Waters

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says it is deeply concerned over proposed legislation that would ban crude oil tankers from operating in Canadian waters off Northern British Columbia. The Canadian Parliament is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British … [Read more...]

Canada Introduces Law to Ban Tankers Off North British Columbia

May 12 (Reuters) - Canada's Liberal government has introduced legislation for a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of the British Columbia province, the country's transport department said on Friday, delivering on an election promise. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered the ban soon after the election in 2015, in which he took power on a … [Read more...]

Canada Announces $1.1 Billion Marine Safety Plan

By Catherine Ngai VANCOUVER, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Canada's Liberal government on Monday vowed to toughen its response to oil spills at sea, a move that some critics say will increase local tanker traffic and hurt the environment. As part of a marine safety plan to protect oceans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa would spend C$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion) over five … [Read more...]

Sand Barge Sinks in B.C.’s Inside Passage Highlighting Marine Safety Concerns

A barge carrying sand and gravel has reportedly flipped over and sank in British Columbia's Inside Passage near Bella Bella, marking the second major marine accident in the area in less than a month. Bella Bella's Heiltsuk First Nation reports that incident occurred Sunday at about 7 p.m. in the area of Graham Reach (Swanson Bay), to the north of Bella Bella, during heavy … [Read more...]