CBC is reporting that oil companies say they won’t be able to comply with an order to reduce search and rescue response times to 15-20 minutes until early 2012. An oil industry official said a new airport hangar for search and rescue crew members to live in when they are on call must be built first before the timeline can be met. In February 2010, the C-NLOPB, which regulates the province’s offshore oil industry, ordered companies to take immediate steps to improve the safety of people flown to platforms – and one of those directives was to decrease the expected response time to emergencies from one hour to just 15-20 minutes. Read the full article at the CBC here.
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