In response to a request from the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) will conduct an Expert Panel Study on The Behaviour and Environmental Impacts of Crude Oil Released into Aqueous Environments.
The study will help producers better understand “the behaviour of various types of crude oil in water” in order “to improve our spill preparedness and response capabilities,” says Jim Donihee, Chief Operating Officer of CEPA. By providing rigorous, cutting-edge independent research, this study enables Canada’s oil and gas production and transportation industries to develop world-class safety practices and technology.
Dr. Kenneth Lee, Chair of the RSC Expert Panel, underscores that the purpose of this research is “to protect our environment and the sustainability of its living resources.”
Six internationally distinguished experts will serve on the panel and the report is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2015. Read the RSC’s full announcement here.