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COMMENTARY · 27th December 2011
Randy Halyk
The Government of Canada submitted there written evidence and though DFO was as usual noncommittal and politically weak I did notice in the Submission of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Canadian Coast Guard that the Coast Guard did come out and say that the only way they could evaluate the Enbridge response plan is if they looked at it from the perspective of Kitimat being a Designated Port which Kitimat is not.

The Canadian Coast Guard observes that the Plan may not adequately cover all of the elements of spill management and response.

Furthermore The Canadian Coast Guard is not aware of a scientific consensus regarding how these products will behave once introduced into the marine environment (e.g., if they will dissolve, spread, emulsify, etc.) or the impact over time of the products being in the water (known as “fate and effects”). The Canadian Coast Guard therefore is uncertain whether or not traditional oil spill recovery methods would be effective when dealing with these products. Information provided to date from the Proponent, Environment Canada, and Response Organizations, would seem to indicate that further work needs to be done to better understand the fate, effects and available response technology for these products.

Find the full submission at this link it is very telling and I for one am amazed that this project could proceed with the JRP knowing this information.
CCG Submission
Other info about response times indicate we are not prepared and the Enbridge plan is not adequate in many other areas.