While oil spill response has been the subject of great public scrutiny on the West Coast ever since Enbridge and Trans Mountain proposed projects that would see increased tanker traffic, activities in growing capacity for response readiness have been on-going for years and never far from focus for those in the industry. Under the leadership of Kevin Gardner, President and General Manager for Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, a team of dedicated professionals have worked tirelessly to ensure B.C.’s coastline is protected. Reflecting values such as integrity, competency, innovation and open communications, Kevin has built WCMRC into an effective, efficient and yes, world-class organization.
(Photo above courtesy of Dave Roels - www.daveroels.com).
BCSN: Let’s start with a bit of history.
KG: In 1976, Burrard Clean Operations (BCO) was formed by the four oil companies (Petro-Canada, Shell, Chevron and Imperial Oil) and pipeline terminal (Trans Mountain) that were operating in Burrard Inlet/Vancouver Harbour. They had very few assets themselves but had two or three employees who ensured assets, contractors and training were in place to protect Burrard Inlet. It wasn’t until after the EXXON Valdez spill and the subsequent Brander-Smith report that things really started to change.
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