Since the August 17 spill occurred at Hibernia, the C-NLOPB has worked with relevant government agencies in its regulatory oversight of HMDC’s response to the incident. The C-NLOPB again thanks Environment and Climate Change Canada and its Canadian Wildlife Service, the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada for their timely and invaluable support and assistance in this regard.
The Canadian Coast Guard has confirmed that observations from surveillance flights, as well as satellite imagery and vessel surveillance, indicate the sheen has dissipated. The most recent satellite imagery showed no observable sheen. The vessel Paul A. Sacuta will remain in the field to enable surveillance of any potential areas of interest identified via aerial surveillance or satellite imagery.
Wildlife observations and water sampling are continuing. To date, there have been no reports of affected wildlife. Canadian Wildlife Service officials are actively involved in providing direct advice and support to HMDC and responders in the field on execution of the wildlife monitoring plan.
The C-NLOPB has initiated its formal investigation into the latest incident at Hibernia. As well, C-NLOPB Safety and Operations staff have been on the Hibernia platform since Monday, August 19, where they are focused on compliance monitoring of HMDC’s technical investigation into root cause and causal factors.
Production operations remain shut down on the Hibernia platform and will not resume without the approval of the C-NLOPB and the Certifying Authority.
The C-NLOPB CEO and senior staff will meet with senior officials from the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada later this month with a view to discussing what can be done to drive enhanced industry performance through the legislative/regulatory regime.
The C-NLOPB’s investigations continue into three other unauthorized discharges:
Decisions on enforcement actions will follow the completion of each of the four, ongoing investigations under the Atlantic Accord Implementation Acts. The C-NLOPB will report publicly as each of these investigations is completed.
|December 30, 2019||Injured Worker on Terra Nova FPSO|
|November 25, 2019||Helicopter Return to Base|
|October 15, 2019||Near Miss on Terra Nova FPSO|
|October 3, 2019||C-NLOPB approves resumption of drilling operations on Transocean Barents|
|September 26, 2019||Approval of plans to resume operations at Hibernia and update on follow up to recent offshore incidents|
|September 9, 2019||Injured Worker on Transocean Barents|
|August 21, 2019||C-NLOPB Update on August 17, 2019 Discharge at the Hibernia Platform|
|August 18, 2019||C-NLOPB Update on August 17, 2019 Discharge at the Hibernia Platform|
|August 16, 2019||C-NLOPB approves re-start of production operations from final two drill centres at White Rose field|
|August 15, 2019||C-NLOPB approves resumption of production operations at Hibernia Platform|
|August 1, 2019||Update – Hibernia Oil Spill|
|July 18, 2019||Hibernia Oil Spill|
|July 9, 2019||Incident Bulletin – Near Miss with Potential for Fatality on Terra Nova FPSO|
|July 5, 2019||Update – Follow-up to November 2018 Oil Spill at White Rose Field|
|June 4, 2019||Near Miss on Hibernia Platform|
|May 24, 2019||Flushing – South White Rose Extension Drill Centre|
|March 19, 2019||Update on Plugging of Flowline and Recovery of Flowline Connector at the South White Rose Extension Drill Centre|
|March 14, 2019||Near Miss Onboard Terra Nova FPSO|
|March 13, 2019||Update on Plugging of Flowline and Recovery of Flowline Connector at the South White Rose Extension Drill Centre|
|January 30, 2019||C-NLOPB Issues Approvals to Husky Energy|
|January 18, 2019||Update – Status of Spill at White Rose Field|
|January 11, 2019||Update – Status of Spill at White Rose Field|
|January 7, 2019||Update – Status of Spill at White Rose Field|