Natural Resources Canada Offshore Oil TTX
In October 2016, ISR worked with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to develop and deliver a half day Table Top Exercise (TTX) for representatives from 12 federal and provincial government departments. This exercise was designed to further increase the capabilities of Canadian government organizations in coordinating an effective multi-agency response to an offshore oil incident as Canada’s east coast is steadily increasing its offshore oil production. The 2012 report of the Commissioner Environment and Sustainable Development and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident are reminders of the need to understand and practice response to offshore oil/natural gas emergencies and exercises such as this demonstrate Canada’s efforts to ensure a timely, effective response.
Large new deposits of crude and natural gas are being made with increasing frequency off of Canada’s East Coast and government departments at the federal and provincial level must be able to provide guidance and leadership to privately owned organizations. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is Canada's lead agency in the governance, monitoring and enhancement of natural gas and oil resources and as such, are responsible for federal policies, and science and technology that supports the sustainable development and competitiveness of the energy sector in Canada.
This TTX included representation from Federal Government and Provincial government departments including:
- National Energy Board;
- Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB);
- Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB);
- Canada Border Services Agency;
- Public Safety Canada – Government Operations Centre;
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada;
- Transport Canada;
- Government of Nova Scotia (Department of Energy);
- Canadian Coast Guard;
- Joint Rescue Coordination Centre; and
- Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Through discussions ensuing during the exercise, ISR and NRCan identified areas where further planning efforts can be focused in both Canada’s policies, and at the operational level. Following the delivery of this TTX, ISR developed an after action report where these key findings were discussed and corrective actions were recommended for each. NRCan was provided with a summary table of all findings and recommendations and will use this report to steer emergency planning activities for Canada’s offshore oil and natural gas sector in coming years.