Western Canadian Spill Services   :   Spill preparedness and response support since 1972.

THE WCSS Purpose

Cooperatives operate within specific geographic areas.

The petroleum companies in each Co-op work together to achieve a state of spill response readiness. To accomplish this Cooperatives maintain spill contingency plans and strategically place OSCARS (Oil Spill Containment and Recovery units) that are available to all member companies in the area. They hold annual training exercises and provide educational funding for their membership. In an effort to continually improve, Co-ops are often involved in research and development projects. 


June 25, 2020

After developing and reviewing ideal parameters to offer any open registration, contract or coop exercise training in an indoor or outdoor setting, the WCSS Operations Team has come to the decision that no further training will take place in 2020.  Bearing in mind the federal and provincial recommendations surrounding physical distancing measures in group settings, it was agreed that the risk of re-introducing the virus in close proximity situations would not outweigh the reward of maintaining a status quo of training completion this year while the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 exists within our jurisdictional boundary.

All member companies, spill response contractors, Indigenous communities, regulatory representatives, emergency response personnel, post-secondary education facilities and members of the public are still welcome to complete the online Spill Responder 100 at no cost for the remainder of the year.


Equipment Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

WCSS staff have a plan in place to continue operations remotely.  As per our regular maintenance program, your initial spill response equipment remains in a state of readiness and we will be maintaining consistent communication with our custodians to ensure access.


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