Oil spill response was lacking: Vancouver Mayor

Global News

Vancouver mayor is calling the response to the oil spill in English Bay on Thursday inadequate.

A bulk carrier on its maiden voyage to Vancouver to collect grain is alleged to have leaked the substance, the nature of which is still unknown.

The incident was reported at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, but the City of Vancouver was not notified of the situation until about 13 hours after the fact.

Booms had to be deployed around the vessel, but some of the oil residue started washing up on local beaches, prompting a warning from the city to not touch the oil because it is toxic. The Park Board was also advising that people stay out of the water and keep their dogs out as well.

Robertson says the spill was relatively small by historical standards, but the response was lackluster.

WATCH: Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson addresses the oil spill

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He says the city has questions about what…

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