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MLAs hear of capping stack limits – 10 to 30 days to successfully stop the flow of oil after a blowout

Even if companies drilling for oil along Nova Scotia’s offshore had access to a capping stack, the CEO of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board says it could still take anywhere from 10 to 30 days to successfully stop the flow of oil after a blowout. If safety measures like aand other systems fail, “it likely means there’s been damage down at the sea floor and debris would have to be cleared away, so you have to send in equipment to clear the debris,” Stuart Pinks told the Standing Committee on Resources in Halifax on Thursday. Read the rest here 08:19

Shell Canada gets green light to drill for oil off Nova Scotia coast – timeline to cap a blowout is still between 12 and 13 days

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board has authorized a Shell Canada Ltd. drilling plan in the Shelburne Basin that allows the company between 12 and 13 days to contain subsea blowouts, but one environmental group is concerned the capping stack won’t be housed here. The timeframe is shorter than the original 21-day plan, but still falls short of the U.S. requirement of 24 hours for drilling in the waters off Alaska. Shell Canada would also have to deploy a second capping stack as a contingency plan.,, Read the rest here 09:53