OTTAWA — The president of BP Canada couldn’t answer two key questions concerning her company’s plans to drill for oil in the Canadian Arctic.
Anne Drinkwater was questioned Thursday by a committee of MPs examining Canada’s offshore drilling regulations in light of BP’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
But Drinkwater was unable to say whether it would be possible to clean up oil spills in the Arctic — or describe the difference between Canadian and U.S. environmental drilling regulations.
She explained she simply didn’t have the information at hand to answer those questions.
That prompted NDP natural resources critic Nathan Cullen to suggest BP isn’t taking the issue seriously enough, and doesn’t understand just how concerned Canadians are about the potential for an environmental tragedy.
BP has three offshore exploration licences in the Canadian Beaufort Sea.