New penalties for spills and tougher rules for cleanups.
That’s the focus of changes being introduced to BC’s Environmental Management Act by the government.
Environment Minister Mary Polak says, under the former rules, polluters were forced to make changes only after a spill occurred.
Polak says changes to the Act will satisfy one of the province’s five conditions for approving increased oil tanker traffic or additional pipelines across BC.
But she stopped short of saying it will make it easier for projects like Northern Gateway or Trans Mountain.
Polak says the new requirements will compliment a federal marine spill guidelines, but says it will be up to Ottawa to ensure a world-leading marine spill response regime is in place.