Last day for Tier Two Oil Spill Plan review
Friday, 31 May 2013 3:30 p.m.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is currently reviewing the Regional Tier Two Oil Spill Plan and is inviting the public to provide feedback on proposed changes to the plan.
Regional Council is hosting facilitated meetings during May which the public are invited to attend. The meetings will provide an opportunity for the community to give feedback on the Regional Councils plans to respond to Tier Two oil spills in the Bay of Plenty.
Regional On-Scene Commander Gregory Meikle said the focus of the community meetings would be to gain feedback on the proposed changes, discuss the sensitive sites that have been identified and also to provide information on the use of tools and techniques available to oil spill responders.
The objectives of the plan are to prevent further pollution from a marine oil spill and to contain and clean up a marine oil spill, in a manner that does not cause further damage to the marine environment, or any unreasonable danger to human life, or cause an unreasonable risk of injury to any person.
The plan details how a Tier Two response (up to 15 tonnes of heavy fuel oil) is to be undertaken but also provides Maritime New Zealand with specific regional information to assist in responding effectively to larger (Tier Three) spills such as the Rena incident.
The most significant proposed changes to the plan are the inclusion of a number of new sensitive sites, which were identified during the Tier Three response to the Rena incident.
“The more preparation for responding to an oil spill we can do before the actual spill the better, as it will enable us to be out physically responding to the spill as soon as possible. With that in mind, we would like to ensure that we have accurate information in the plan, particularly around the identification of significant sites because having that information readily available means that responders can prioritise actions without having to inspect sites first. For example, the plan informs responders that the NZ Dotterel breeds on Matakana Island between October and February so protecting that area would be a priority. We want to make sure that we have these sensitive sites identified correctly and would value the community’s input.”
Community meetings, open for all to join, are being held from 6-8pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 14 May - Whakaue (Maketu) Marae
Tuesday 21 May - Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club
Wednesday 22 May - Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club
Feedback on the plan can also be provided by emailing email@example.com before 31 May 2013.