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first_imgAn annual training exercise that puts oil and gas industry workers to the test of containing an oil spill had a positive outcome, says a representative from Western Canada Spill Services.“They did very well. They were able to achieve containment within 45 minutes working together as a team,” said WCSS Communications and Training Co-ordinator Shannon Jarrell. “During the debrief, everyone felt much more prepared – that was the general feeling.”She said the participants responded positively when asked if they would know what to do should an event like this happen for real.- Advertisement –containment mapThe exercise took place yesterday morning on the Beatton River at 8:30, and crews wrapped up at 2:30 PM. Out of 100 expected attendees, 99 were present for the exercise.Beatton River was chosen because it is an ideal control point, with a large area for equipment, as Jarrell says.The exercise starts with overview of WCSS for attendees, where they describe equipment available in the area.Advertisement Then there is typically presentation from the regulator, who is a representative from oil and gas commission or ministry of environment – or can be both.A demonstration is conducted on dry land, and then volunteers form and plan and deploy the equipment.WCSS is not a response organization – they’re a co-op that maintain the equipment, and provide training for member companies.WCSS has 18 co-op areas, and this one covers Northeastern BC, in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John.Advertisement Fort Nelson workers participated in a tank truck rollover simulation on July 8th.last_img read more


first_imgJames Tavernier had a debut to remember for Glasgow Rangers on Saturday.The former Newcastle youngster, who moved to the Ibrox club from Wigan earlier this month, curled in a delightful free-kick to help his new club ease to victory against Hibernian in the Challenge Cup clash.Tavernier was one of THREE new signings to mark his debut with a goal with Martyn Waghorn grabbing a brace and Andy Halliday also notching a terrific strike.last_img