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Ottawa raising offshore liability cap to 1B in Arctic Atlantic waters

HALIFAX — Ottawa is raising the liability cap for companies operating in Atlantic Canada’s offshore to $1-billion up from the current $30-million under new proposed legislation.Speaking today in Halifax, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver also announced that liability in the Arctic will increase to $1-billion from $40-million when the legislation is introduced in the fall.Oliver says the move is aimed at aligning Canada’s accountability regime with current international standards in the event of an oil spill.Changes will also be put in place in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to make the so-called polluter pays principle explicit in provincial legislation later this year.Other changes would see operators required to pay offshore regulators $100-million in order to address any potential spills or make an operation pool of $250-million available.Last week, Oliver announced that nuclear operators would also face a higher liability ceiling when Parliament resumes following the summer break. read more

Former RollsRoyce engineer arrested under Official Secrets Act amid fears China tried

A man in his 70s has been arrested as part of a probe under the Official Secrets Act, police said on Thursday, amid reports he was a former Rolls-Royce engineer suspected of divulging secrets about Britain’s new stealth fighter to China.Scotland Yard said the man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and taken to a police station in Derbyshire before being released under investigation.A search at an address in Derbyshire was ongoing while a search warrant was also executed at an office address in the West Midlands.The man was named by the Sun as  Bryn Jones, a former chief combustion technologist, who it said had been detained in connection with efforts by China to obtain classified information about Britain’s new £100million RAF stealth fighter jet.The 73-year-old former Rolls-Royce employee was reportedly held after MI5 received information that classified details were passed to Beijing. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The F-35 programme is the world’s largest defence development, worth over $1.3trillion. UK industry provides 15 per cent of each of the 3,000 aircraft currently on the order books and at peak production 25,000 British jobs will be supported throughout the supply chain. He was detained in an “ultra-discreet” swoop by officers from Scotland Yard’s SO15 counter-terrorism command at his home on Tuesday, it was reported.Mr Jones, who describes himself as a “visiting professor” in “gas turbine combustion” at the Aeronautical Uni­versity of Xian, central China, denies any wrongdoing, the newspaper reported. The investigation reportedly centres on information about the F-35 Lightning II jet, which arrived in Britain last week.  Britain has committed to buying 138 F-35 fighter aircraft and has so far bought 48 at a cost of £9.1 billion.   read more