Oil Spills: "It Can't Happen in Canada"

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Fri, Jun 4th, 2010 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Earlier this month, Stephen Harper told the House of Commons that a "horrific" oil spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico couldn't happen in Canada, because our strong environmental regulations would prevent it. This came as good news to Canadians, as British Petroleum, the company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster, holds three licenses to explore more than 6,000 km of the Beaufort Sea. What Harper failed to mention is that late last year his government made major changes to those regulations, which allows oil companies write their own environmental protection ticket. They set the goals, design the system to meet those goals, and lay out their own plans for inspecting and testing the system.

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