Friday, April 30, 2010

Are we ready for the BIG one?

Is Newfoundland ready to handle an oil spill like the one in Louisiana? That’s a question being asked by environmentalist Stan Tobin. In a CBC story, Tobin is quoted as saying, "I don't think we have the capacity, I don't think we have the technology, or I don't believe we have the know-how to cope with something like that if it happened. We're running on a song and a prayer even though I'm sure the people that operate out there are careful." Of course CAREFUL and READY are two entirely different concepts. The oil pumping out of those deep sea wells is providing the fuel for the economic engine in Newfoundland but are we anywhere near ready to deal with a massive oil spill? On the scale of the Exxon Valdez? Perhaps this is one scenario that Danny Millions needs to take charge of personally to ensure that we are ready. There’s a fine balance in resource management and now is the time to see that the management plan is working rather than having a list of important telephone numbers to call in the event of a massive spill.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Of course were not ready and never will be goverment policy is wait until the disaster happens and then figure out what to do i doubt if they even have that telephone list