Toxic Fuel Spill in Vancouver’s English Bay


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CBCCanada – The fuel spilled in Vancouver’s English Bay Wednesday night is toxic bunker fuel and should not be touched, the City of Vancouver warns.

The spill is spreading as a grimy sheen on the water this morning, and it may push the oil to shore in Burrard Inlet, the city tweeted.

Clean-up efforts are underway by the Canadian Coast Guard and West Coast Marine Response Corporation, using long orange booms on the surface of the water, said Port Metro Vancouver. The clean-up is being overseen by Transport Canada under the National Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime.

Oil spreading to shore – The oil has already reached the sandy beach at the foot of Denman and Davie streets in Vancouver’s West End, reported CBC’s Farrah Merali. A video posted by a Twitter user this morning of the north side of English Bay, near the edge of Stanley Park, shows what appears to be an oily substance at the water’s edge.


But down at the water’s edge, this is what it looks like #vancouveroilspill A photo posted by Shannon B (@shanathalas) on

Grain ship possible source of fuel leak

The coast guard’s environmental response team was dispatched to the spill yesterday.

The spill is surrounding a grain ship — named MARATHASSA — anchored in deep water off Vancouver, said John Parker-Jervis, a spokesman for Port Metro Vancouver.

“There was a fair amount of product — what appears to be fuel, oil for the ships, around a particular grain carrier,” Parker-Jervis said. As a precaution a boom has been constructed around the ship in an attempt to contain the fuel, though the ship isn’t yet confirmed as the source, he said.

Five vessels currently surround the ship.

The ship was in the process of loading grain. There is no evidence of fuel spilled between the grain terminal and where the ship is currently anchored, Parker-Jervis said.

There is no estimate on the amount of fuel that has been spilled.


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