This evening I’m taping a documentary on CBC about the Gulf Oil Spill. Apparently the documentary questions whether we here in Canada are about to have our own Offshore Accident off the coast of Newfoundland.
The Doc Zone documentary is called Blowout: Is Canada Next? and I’m sure we’re going to find it very interesting. I didn’t know this, but if there is an emergency on the Chevron (Canada’s deepest well off the coast of Newfoundland) it would take 11 days for ships to reach the spill. Now that’s scary isn’t it?
Here’s a quote from the Doc Zone page for the Blowout Documentary:
Just weeks after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf, Chevron began drilling Canada’s deepest oil exploration well off the coast of Newfoundland. Located 430 kms from shore, the Chevron well is twice as deep as BP’s Deepwater Horizon well, six times further out to sea, and in much rougher seas. In the event of a blowout, it would take 11 days for emergency response ships to even reach the spill. An oil blowout off the coast of Newfoundland would decimate the world’s last remaining Atlantic cod fishery, along with several species of whales, seals, turtles, coral habitats and seabirds that feed in the basin. These rich and fertile seas are the backbone to Newfoundland’s tourism industry. An oil spill would create dead zones within the ocean and potentially devastate this economic mainstay that brings in over 1 billion tourist dollars annually.
The documentary is on CBC News world at 10 pm if anyone is interested in watching.