Canada considers new offshore spill regulations

Monday, February 3, 2014

On 30 Jan 2014, House Government Bill C-22 was introduced in the second session of Canada's 41st Parliament, amending the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act for, among other matters, new requirements for regulatory preauthorization of spill treating agents and increasing limits of liability for spills in offshore areas to Cdn$1 billion.

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honorable Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P. (pictured at right; from Ontario), introduced Bill C-22, which had its first reading in the House of Commons.

The Energy Safety and Security Act (Bill C-22) seeks to amend the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act (COGOA), the Canada Petroleum Resources Act (CPRA), the Canada-Newfoundland Atlantic Accord Implementation Ac,, and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act (Accord Acts).

William M. Sharpe, a Barrister and Solicitor in Toronto, commented, "In the usual course of Parliamentary proceedings, it will take some months for the bill to be debated and pass second reading, be considered by committee, reported back to the House of Commons, pass third reading, then sent to the Senate for the same process of consideration, and then receive royal assent. That assumes the whole process can be completed before Parliament is prorogued or the next federal election, scheduled for 2015, is called."

LEGISinfo - House Government Bill C-22 (41-2)

Categories: North America Canada Regulations

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