Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver

Major gaps in tanker-safety plan, experts warn

The federal government has major gaps to fill to keep its promise to establish a world-class safety system for oil supertankers plying Canadian waters off the coast of British Columbia, an expert panel reports. Ottawa established the panel to recommend safety enhancements as part of its effort to win support from the B.C. government and First Nations for crude oil pipelines and tanker ports that would give the oil industry access to Asian markets. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver released the report with its 45 recommendations in Vancouver on Tuesday. “We will act on the advice from the panel and will work to create a world-class tanker safety system here in Canada,” Ms. Raitt said.

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