Environmental Oil Spill Risk Assessment Project - Newfoundland


About the Risk Assessment Project


Phase I of this project is now complete and the results are available in the Project Synopsis Report [ PDF file, 1208 KB ]. The purpose of the project was to assess and quantify the risk facing the south coast of Newfoundland over the next 10 years by the transportation of oil and oil products, either as cargo or as fuel, by commercial vessels. The project findings will provide Transport Canada with extremely valuable information for its role of governance of Canada's Marine Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime.

Now that the results are in, Transport Canada can proceed with Phase II of the project.  In this phase, action will be taken to make any required adjustments to the regime in order to address the Phase I findings. Transport Canada may also use the data gathered to further enhance existing programs to minimize the risk of oil spills.

The report on the public consultation sessions held in June and July 2006 is available by selecting this link.

The report was circulated among the stakeholders and comments solicited on the conclusions and on possible changes to the prevention and response regime.  As a result, local and regional interests in the area made some 25 proposals which are available by selecting this link.


Area of Interest


As a result of consultations with stakeholders, the area of interest is the entire south coast of Newfoundland, from Cape St. Francis (east near St. John's) to Cape Ray (west near Port aux Basques), including Placentia Bay to the 50-mile limit.