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Oil spill clean-up ship hit sandbar en route to government news conference in Vancouver

Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun, March 21, 2013

VANCOUVER - British Columbia’s largest oil spill response vessel got stuck on a sandbar en route to a federal news conference about strengthening Canada’s oil spill defences.

Ottawa tightens tanker safety with $120-million plan

Ian Bailey, Globe and Mail, Mar. 18 2013

VANCOUVER — The federal government pushed back at suggestions it is advancing an energy agenda at the cost of the environment, announcing amendments to the Canada Shipping Act and eight new tanker-safety measures in British Columbia, where there have been deep concerns about pipeline safety and spill control.

Harper government announces first steps towards World-Class Tanker Safety System

News Release, Transport Canada, March 18, 2013

VANCOUVER — The Harper government today announced a number of measures toward the creation of a World-Class Tanker Safety System. The implementation of eight tanker safety measures was announced along with the introduction of the Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act, and the creation of a Tanker Safety Expert Panel to review Canada's current tanker safety system and propose further measures to strengthen it. The announcement was made by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources.

Weather continues to prevent assessment of damage to Shell drill rig

Richard Mauer & Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, January 1, 2012

Update, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday:

More flyovers are planned for Wednesday to assess the condition of the Shell drilling rig Kulluk, which sits grounded on Sitkalidak Island, off Kodiak.

Shell drill rig aground off Kodiak, appears to be intact

Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, January 1, 2013 (18:34 PST)

Radioactive spill ship in legal limbo off North Vancouver

By James Weldon, North Shore News September 26, 2011

Empty ship for sale by bankrupt owners while cargo's costs subject of civil suit

Fuel tanker runs aground in Northwest Passage

Globe and Mail, Sep. 02, 2010

A fuel tanker loaded with 9 million litres of diesel fuel has run aground in the Northwest Passage, Canadian coast guard officials confirmed Thursday.

The Canadian-registered vessel, named 'Nanny,' hit a sandbar Wednesday in the area near Simpson Strait, Nunavut. It was carrying supplies to Northern communities.

What laws would apply if there was a BP-type spill along the B.C. coast?

Graham Walker And Dionysios Rossi, Vancouver Sun, August 3, 2010

Perhaps no single story has dominated news coverage recently like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has raised questions about the legal status of offshore oil and gas development and tanker traffic along the west coast of British Columbia.

Could carbon credit schemes save the whale?

Liz Kalauger, Environmental Research Web, Feb 26, 2010

It's likely that commercial whaling has released around one hundred million tons of carbon to the atmosphere over a century or so. That's according to researcher Andrew Pershing, who believes that carbon credit schemes could be employed as an incentive to protect whales and large fish such as bluefin tuna.

Vessels' collision sparks massive oil spill

By PAIGE HEWITT and DANE SCHILLER, Houston Chronicle, Jan. 24, 2010

Cleanup in Port Arthur under way; evacuations lifted

Escort tugs rescue drifting tanker

By KYLE HOPKINS, Anchorage Daily News, January 17th, 2010

EXXON: Ship loses its power generators as it was departing sound.

An Exxon tanker carrying more than 25 million gallons of Alaska crude oil lost power early Sunday morning while leaving Prince William Sound and had to be towed to safety, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

All ahead stop

Craig Medred, Alaska Dispatch, December 30, 2009

Pathfinder in Prince William Sound (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Charly Hengen)
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Charly Hengen

None of the fancy technology aboard the 136-foot tug Pathfinder -- not the satellite positioning system, not the radar, not the depth finder capable of sounding depth warnings -- prevented a Dec. 23 collision with Bligh Reef, and Alaskans monitoring oil tanker safety in Prince William Sound say that ought to serve as a warning for everyone concerned about the northern environment.

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