August 7, 2015
CESD Audit Recommendation Accomplishments
In February of 2013, the federal Auditor General’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) tabled an audit report on the performance of the CNSOPB’s environmental regulatory system. This report came after a rigorous, in-depth review of the CNSOPB’s management of environmental risks and impacts associated with offshore oil and gas activities. The CNSOPB was pleased with the results of this audit, and quickly developed a plan to act on areas of improvement.
After the report was tabled, the CNSOPB released a document outlining our response and action plan. This document, along with the CNSOPB’s statement, can be found here. The CNSOPB is pleased to report that all items on the action plan have been completed. To view an updated version of the action plan, click here.
One of the main findings of the CESD audit was that the CNSOPB should have in place up to date and effective agreements with other federal organizations that may be involved in, or support, the CNSOPB’s regulatory mandate respecting spill preparedness, prevention and response. The CNSOPB is pleased to announce that Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) have since been created or updated with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security, the Canadian Coast Guard, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the National Energy Board and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. See below for a summary of each MOU.
The CNSOPB’s focus is, and will continue to be, on ensuring that operators (including their service providers such as drilling contractors) have the necessary competencies to carry out their work, that they exercise due diligence in preventing incidents from occurring, and that they clearly demonstrate that they have the capability and capacity to respond to any incidents that may occur including spills.
Summary of MOUs
MOU between the CNSOPB and the Canadian Coast Guard
The CNSOPB signed a new MOU with the Canadian Coast Guard to coordinate activities related to safety and environment response (including spill response), to cooperate and share information to promote safety and environmental protection through effective spill preparedness and response, as well as training and exercises. To view this MOU, click here.
MOU between the CNSOPB and Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security
The CNSOPB updated its MOU with Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security to facilitate coordination of offshore oil and gas activities where possible and to avoid duplication of work in relation to marine safety, occupational safety and health, and environmental protection. In addition, the MOU provides clarification on the use of the National Aeriel Surveillance Program (NASP) in monitoring spill incidents. To view this MOU, click here.
MOU between the CNSOPB and Environment Canada
The CNSOPB updated its MOU with Environment Canada to facilitate and promote protection of the environment, preparedness and response to oil spills and conservation of migratory birds and species at risk during offshore oil and gas activities. Furthermore, this MOU details how the Integrated Satellite Tracking of Pollution program may be used to track oil and gas environmental incidents.
MOU between the CNSOPB and Fisheries and Oceans Canada
The CNSOPB updated its MOU with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to facilitate and promote effective coordination between both organizations. This MOU details how the CNSOPB and the Fisheries and Oceans Canada will o collaborate on the development and implementation of integrated management plans for marine and coastal waters in respect of the offshore area, including associated actions pertaining to the management of Canada’s commercial, recreational, and Aboriginal fisheries, at-risk aquatic species and their Critical Habitat. To view this MOU, click here.
MOU between the CNSOPB and the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board and the National Energy Board
The CNSOPB has entered into an MOU with the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board and the National Energy Board to enhance the cooperation and coordination of activities between the Participants related to safety, security, the environment, and resource conservation, including activities respecting regulatory matters, the sharing of resources, and emergency management. To view this MOU, click here.