Consultant to review offshore oil spill safety practices
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.