Con­sul­tant to re­view off­shore oil spill safety prac­tices

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

Mas­ter Mariner Cap­tain Mark Turner, an ex­pert in ma­rine safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, has been hired to re­view off­shore oil spill pre­ven­tion and re­sponse.

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment re­leased the Terms of Ref­er­ence last week for an as­sess­ment in place off New­found­land and Labrador.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Kathy Dun­derdale in­di­cated “The oil in­dus­try around the world is watch­ing the events un­fold­ing in the Gulf of Mex­ico, and what lessons can be learned from the sink­ing of the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon drilling rig.

“Our govern­ment is act­ing re­spon­si­bly to re­tain an ex­pert in this area to re­view cur­rent in­dus­try prac­tices and en­sure the in­dus­try has the best pos­si­ble pre­ven­tion and re­sponse pro­ce­dures in the world.”

Premier Danny Wil­liams com­mit­ted this month to an in­de­pen­dent re­view of the leg­isla­tive and reg­u­la­tory regimes, ca­pa­bil­i­ties and prac­tices in place in the prov­ince for pre­ven­tion and re­me­di­a­tion of oil spills.

The con­sul­tant will meet with the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources to de­velop a work plan to com­plete the scope of work within 90 days.

Capt. Turner has over 30 years work ex­pe­ri­ence en­com­pass­ing a va­ri­ety of di­rect ma­rine, on­shore and off­shore oil and gas op­er­a­tions and project man­age­ment po­si­tions. He holds a num­ber of tech­ni­cal cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing a Mas­ter of Sci­ence De­gree in Mar­itime Law and Prac­tice.

He was for­merly chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of North At­lantic Pipe­line Part­ners and New­found­land LNG Ltd.

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