Wells In­quiry gets ex­tra six months to re­port

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

The Wells’ in­quiry into he­li­copter off­shore safety now has un­til Sept. 30 to sub­mit its Phase 1 re­port.

In­quiry com­mis­sioner Robert Wells said ear­lier this month he had re­quested an ex­ten­sion to his orig­i­nal Mar. 31 dead­line.

The Canada-New­found­land and Labrador Off­shore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) an­nounced the dead­line ex­ten- sion Thurs­day. The board es­tab­lished the in­quiry in April, fol­low­ing the Mar. 12, 2009, he­li­copter crash that claimed the lives of 17 peo­ple.

Dur­ing Phase 1, which in­cludes on­go­ing pub­lic hear­ings, the in­quiry’s man­date is to find ways to im­prove he­li­copter safety for off­shore work­ers trav­el­ling to the oil­fields off New­found­land.

Phase 2 be­gins when the Trans­porta­tion Safety Board, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the he­li­copter crash, re­leases its re­port.

Then, the in­quiry will re­view the TSB re­port and make rec­om­men­da­tions to the CNLOPB.

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