Canada to Take Tougher Stand on Offshore Drilling, Prentice Tells Globe

Canada said offshore drilling won’t go ahead without measures to limit oil spills such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico, the Globe and Mail reported.

Environment Minister Jim Prentice said in an interview that the ultimate safety check should be the ability to drill a relief well to stop a spill, the newspaper said today.

The oil industry wants Canada to ease regulations on offshore drilling in the North. Prentice suggested that the Gulf spill shows the need for backup wells is sound policy, the Globe said.

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