Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act (S.C. 1988, c. 28)

Act current to 2014-10-15 and last amended on 2013-12-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Recovery of loss, damage, costs or expenses
  •  (1) Where any discharge, emission or escape of petroleum that is authorized by regulation, or any spill, occurs in any portion of the offshore area,

    • (a) the person who is required to obtain an authorization under paragraph 142(1)(b) in respect of the work or activity from which the spill or authorized discharge, emission or escape of petroleum emanated is liable, without proof of fault or negligence, up to any prescribed limit of liability, for

      • (i) all actual loss or damage incurred by any person as a result of the spill or the authorized discharge, emission or escape of petroleum, and

      • (ii) the costs and expenses reasonably incurred by the Board or Her Majesty in right of Canada or the Province or any other person in taking any action or measure in relation to the spill or the authorized discharge, emission or escape of petroleum; and

    • (b) all persons to whose fault or negligence the spill or the authorized discharge, emission or escape of petroleum is attributable or who are by law responsible for others to whose fault or negligence the spill or the authorized discharge, emission or escape of petroleum is attributable are jointly and severally liable, to the extent determined according to the degree of the fault or negligence proved against them, for all actual loss or damage incurred by any person as a result of the spill or the authorized discharge, emission or escape of petroleum.

  • Marginal note:Recovery of loss, damage, costs or expenses caused by debris

    (2) Where any person incurs actual loss or damage as a result of debris or the Board or Her Majesty in right of Canada or the Province reasonably incurs any costs or expenses in taking any remedial action in relation to debris,

    • (a) the person who is required to obtain an authorization under paragraph 142(1)(b) in respect of the work or activity from which the debris originated is liable, without proof of fault or negligence, up to any prescribed limit of liability, for all such actual loss or damage and all such costs or expenses; and

    • (b) all persons to whose fault or negligence the debris is attributable or who are by law responsible for others to whose fault or negligence the debris is attributable are jointly and severally liable, to the extent determined according to the degree of the fault or negligence proved against them, for all such actual loss or damage and all such costs or expenses.

  • Marginal note:No double liability

    (2.1) Where subsection (1) or (2) applies, no person is liable for more than the greater of the prescribed limit referred to in paragraph (1)(a) or (2)(a), as the case may be, and the amount for which the person would be liable under any other law for the same occurrence.

  • Marginal note:Claims

    (3) All claims under this section may be sued for and recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction in Canada and shall rank firstly in favour of persons incurring actual loss or damage, without preference, and secondly, without preference, to meet any costs and expenses described in subsection (1) or (2).

  • Marginal note:Saving

    (4) Nothing in this section suspends or limits

    • (a) any legal liability or remedy for an act or omission by reason only that the act or omission is an offence under this Division or gives rise to liability under this section;

    • (b) any recourse, indemnity or relief available at law to a person who is liable under this section against any other person; or

    • (c) the operation of any applicable law or rule of law that is not inconsistent with this section.

  • Marginal note:Limitation period

    (5) Proceedings in respect of claims under this section may be instituted within three years after the day when the loss, damage, costs or expenses occurred but in no case after six years after the day the spill or the discharge, emission or escape of petroleum occurred or, in the case of debris, after the day the installation or structure in question was abandoned or the material in question broke away or was jettisoned or displaced.

  • 1988, c. 28, s. 167;
  • 1992, c. 35, s. 112.