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Friday, February 12, 2010

Oil and Gas Site Contamination Risks

An audit of the BC Oil and Gas Commission has found that it must improve its oversight of oil and gas sites in order to adequately manage the risks of contamination, says Auditor General John Doyle in his latest report, released today.

Mr Doyle's report states that " An independent field review of sites that have received a Certificate of Restoration is not carried out to ensure that objective assessments are being made. The OGC relies mainly on desk reveiw of consultant restoration reports, submitted by operators, to provide oversight of the certificate process."  http://www.bcauditor.com/

 Can you imagine the Canada Revenue Agency relying on H & R Block to ensure that tax returns filed were correct?  Plenty of room exists for fudging in this system....

And worse - Mr Doyle's report states that " There are also a number of sites known as "legacy sites" that were certified as reclaimed to environemntal standards of the day before the OGC was established, and before modern standards existed."  The Oil and Gas Commission has not taken any steps to test these sites - so any contanimation that may exist is essentially ignored.  If we don't know about it, it doesn't exist, right? 

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