Mark Turner, who has worked extensively in marine safety and environmental management, will review Newfoundland and Labrador's readiness for an oil spill. ((CBC))

The deadline for an assessment of Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil spill prevention and response preparedness  has been extended to late 2010.

Capt. Mark Turner, an expert in marine safety and environmental management, was originally expected to finish his work within 90 days, but he asked for an extension and has been given it.

Turner was appointed by the province May 12 after a massive oil spill started in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20.

"Extra time is required for this assessment of our offshore oil and gas industry given the many issues involved and the large number of documents that need review," Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale said in a news release.

"Our government wants to ensure that Capt. Turner has the appropriate amount of time to complete this work."

The province now expects to receive Turner's final report by November.