BR Fuel Spill Anniversary – CP

BR Fuel Spill Anniversary – CP

by ahnationtalk on October 13, 2017160 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Oct 13, 2017

VICTORIA – Fish and clam harvesting areas off British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest remain closed one year after a tug sank near Bella Bella.

It spilled more than 100 thousand litres of fuel into the ocean.

Heiltsuk (HELTS’-uk) First Nation Chief Marilyn Slett says her people are still looking for answers about the long-term health, social and economic impacts of the fuel spill, but are getting little information from governments.

She says a Heiltsuk report last April found failures in Canada’s emergency response measures were evident within hours of the grounding of the Nathan E. Stewart.

Slett says the lack of co-operation from governments and the tug boat company, Texas-based Kirby Corporation, prompted the First Nation to launch its own investigation.

Joint reports say the tug went down when it ran aground while pushing an empty fuel barge through the waters off the central coast.

Neither the federal government nor Kirby were available for comment, but the B-C government says in a statement that it wants to work with the First Nation.

(The Canadian Press)


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