New government report shows dredging and oil spills contributed to more than $1.6-billion oil spill in Labrador

A new report from the government says that dredging, oil spills and other industrial pollution contributed to nearly $1 billion in economic losses in the province in 2017.

The report released Tuesday by Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says the damage was caused by “uncontrolled pollution, waste, contamination and contamination of drinking water, soil and air.”

The province’s response to the spill included $1,936,092 for clean-up and remediation and $1 million for the provincial government’s Response Team.

“The report highlights that the impacts on the economy and public health were severe, even more so than the economic impact that occurred due to the accident,” said Phillips.

“It is not clear that any of these outcomes were anticipated by the industry that caused the accident.”

She said the federal government will look into how the oil spill was covered up and how the spill was reported.

The spill occurred on June 23 when a tanker carrying about 30,000 barrels of crude oil ruptured near Lake Athabasca.

About 1,200 litres of oil leaked into Lake Athapascan.

Oil from the spill flowed downstream and into a creek and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

It was later found to be a result of a spill from a tanker that was not properly regulated, which resulted in an accidental release of about 1,300 litres of crude into the St. John’s River.

“There are a number of things that we can learn from this,” Phillips said.

“We know that we have a large number of wells in the area, and we know that there were many spillages.

We also know that the spillage that occurred in the summer was one of the worst spills we have had in our province in many years.”

The report says the oil in the river was diluted to about 30 litres.

“Oil from the oil-spill is now being diluted to approximately 30 litres per barrel in the St John’s watershed,” the report says.

The oil is being held in tankers that have since been scrapped and sold to the Chinese oil industry.

The government says the total cost of the spill is about $1 per barrel, but it doesn’t provide any figures on how much the oil costs to extract.

The new report says it will be difficult to assess the long-term effects of the oil on drinking water and other ecosystem services because the oil is moving around the country.

“As it moves around the world, the oilsands produce and transport more and more pollution,” the government said in a statement.

“Pollution and pollution-related impacts are being observed in many places.

For example, the Alberta tar sands are producing harmful amounts of carbon dioxide and releasing dangerous levels of methane, another greenhouse gas.”

The spill was the second major oil spill this year in the country, after an oil pipeline rupture in northeastern B.C. in June.

The province also lost about $100 million on its first oil spill of the year in October.

Phillips said the new report is a critical tool to inform the public about what’s happening in the oil industry and what the government can do to address the spill.

“This is a report that is going to provide Canadians with information that they can use to make informed decisions about their energy future,” she said.

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