â€œWe have been calling for oil spill prevention and response measures but the fact is that this announcement does not go far enough to protect our coasts,â€� said Donnelly. â€œThere needs to be new tougher regulations and a permanent oil tanker ban on BCâ€™s North Coast immediately.â€�
The announcement did include two NDP proposals including a pledge for legislation on abandoned vessels and support for indigenous community first responders but made no mention of the Liberalâ€™s promised tanker ban and failed to meet the BC governmentâ€™s demands for needed improvements.
â€œThe measures announced today would not have prevented the ongoing diesel spill in Bella Bella or others that have caused massive devastation to our fisheries, First Nations communities, and our marine environment,â€� cautioned Donnelly. â€œThe NDP is proposing strict regulations which would, among other things, ensure there are Canadian pilots aboard each vessel for additional coastal protection. Itâ€™s time for this government to come through on their promise made to British Columbians to protect our coasts.â€�
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