February 15, 2017
Highlighting the Health and Safety of Offshore Workers
Provincial Government Remembers the Ocean Ranger Tragedy
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is joining all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians today to mark the 35th anniversary of the Ocean Ranger’s sinking, which resulted in the loss of 84 lives.
“As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we will always remember February 15, 1982, and the loss of 84 lives. It was among the darkest days in the province’s history and over the last 35 years, significant emphasis has been placed on learning from that tragedy to ensure the health and safety of offshore workers. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends who lost loved ones in that tragic event.”
- The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
To ensure that the highest standards are in place for worker safety, environmental protection and management of petroleum resources within Canada's offshore oil and gas activities, the federal and provincial governments are working together to modernize the regulatory framework.
“We are focused on having the most up-to-date regulatory framework supporting the highest standards for worker safety, environmental protection and management of petroleum resources. We are modernizing the framework through the Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative, which is a partnership of federal and provincial government departments and includes participation of the offshore petroleum boards.”
- The Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources
A comprehensive occupational health and safety regime in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore is in place under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Newfoundland and Labrador Act.
“The health and safety of offshore workers is of the utmost importance to our government. We are continuously ensuring that everyone in our offshore projects is working in a safe and healthy manner. Legislation provides clear and enforceable regulations to govern offshore occupational health and safety, as well as the appropriate regulatory provisions to ensure worker safety.”
- The Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Service NL and Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL
The Provincial Government is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the province’s offshore workers and the protection of the environment.
- Today marks the 35th anniversary of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger, which resulted in the loss of 84 lives.
- Currently, the regulatory framework governing oil and gas activities in Canada's frontier and offshore oil and gas areas is being modernized through the Frontier and Offshore Regulatory Renewal Initiative (FORRI) - a partnership of federal and provincial government departments and includes participation of the offshore petroleum boards.
- The new regulations are performance-based, allowing for innovation and advances in technology by those working in the offshore to be incorporated.
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