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. 


January 4, 2021

To support initiatives to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19, pre-planned in-person training events scheduled in Q1 will not be taking place.  This includes Spill Responder 300.  Coop exercise webinars will proceed as planned.  

We are accepting enrolment for all other Coop Exercises and Open Registration courses - excluding SR300 - at this time.  We will be monitoring regulations as we approach future training dates to determine the most appropriate course of action to take.

WCSS is happy to handle in-house contract training requests on a case by case basis to work towards finding solutions to your training needs.  Please note that while current indoor and outdoor gathering restrictions are in place no training will take place. 

If you are interested in contract training, please contact Amy Grenier at (403) 837-0629 / amy.grenier@wcss.ab.ca.  

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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