Nfld. & Labrador

Prepare for Placentia Bay oil spill: mayor

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has the mayor of Placentia calling for a federal emergency management plan to minimize the risk of environmental damage if there were a spill in the southwestern Newfoundland area.

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has the mayor of Placentia calling for a federal plan to minimize the risk of environmental damage if there were a spill in the southwestern Newfoundland area.

Placentia Bay, southwest of St. John's, is home to the North Atlantic Oil Refinery at Come By Chance and a transshipment terminal at Whiffen Head, which handles oil from the Grand Banks.

Placentia Mayor Bill Hogan fears the large volume of marine traffic in Placentia Bay puts the area at great risk for damage from an oil spill. He says the federal government should have  an emergency management plan

"It would deal with every eventuality and what precautions to take and what precautions not to take in order to minimize the risk and it could be managed from a vessel traffic center that already exists with great personnel and great expertise already sitting in Argentina," said Hogan.

Hogan said he is disappointed that members of parliament from this province haven't been pushing for preventative measures to be put in place.

Millions of litres of oil began spilling from a damaged deep-water well in the Gulf of Mexico April 20.

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