Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Spill Response & The Test of Due Diligence

Wednesday March 23, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St. - Smithers, BC

About this seminar:

Due diligence is a legal defense that the spiller took reasonable measures to prevent the spill incident from occurring.  Therefore the “test” of due diligence is the process of ensuring that reasonable preventative measures were identified and implemented.  Although the focus is usually on prevention, the test of due diligence can also be applied to the response effort that was taken to minimize the impact on the environment.

This seminar will discuss how the “test of due diligence” was applied to recent spills and explore the importance of prevention and preparedness as well as the importance of implementing an effective response strategy.

About Ray Hollenberg:

Ray Hollenberg graduated in 1987 with a B.Sc. in Biology and became a Registered Professional Biologist in 1995.  Ray worked for many years with the Ministry of Environment in Smithers.

In 1995, Ray established NorthWest Response Ltd. (NWR), an environmental consulting company in Smithers, B.C. The focus of NWR has ranged from spill prevention to spill response, site assessment, remediated and restoration.  Ray has been called upon as an Expert Witness in interpreting the industry standards for fuel handling, transportation and storage.