Diesel spill reported near north Vancouver Island for second time in a week

FILE PHOTO - A spill response boat monitors a boom placed around the bulk carrier cargo ship MV Marathassa after a bunker fuel spill on Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, B.C., on April 9, 2015.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

PORT MCNEILL, B.C. - Coast guard and environment ministry crews have responded to a small diesel spill near north Vancouver Island, the second accident in the area in a week.

British Columbia's Ministry of Environment says it received a report Friday afternoon of a spill from a fuel tank near the Port Harvey Marina, located south of Port McNeill.

It says an observer reported fuel on the beach and in the water, and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel was dispatched to assess the scene and local First Nations were notified.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has confirmed a sheen on the water and it says an estimated 178 litres has spread over the area.

The department says the coast guard has determined the fuel cannot be cleaned up, but will remain on scene to assess surrounding areas for recoverable fuel and signs of pollution.

The incident follows a 500-litre diesel spill at a salmon farm in Echo Bay, about 70 kilometres from Port Hardy, last Sunday that fouled some beaches local First Nations use for clam digging.


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