Toxic fuel spill fouls Vancouver’s English Bay and area beaches

Financial Post

VANCOUVER — An oily purple-blue sheen of a fuel-like substance surrounding a bulk carrier ship has coated water and land in Vancouver’s picturesque English Bay.

The spill of the toxic material is raising questions about a slow emergency response and lack of notification to both city officials and the public at a time when tanker traffic through Vancouver waters is expected to increase.

An emergency response team was called in Wednesday night to deal with the oil slick on the bay that is surrounded by apartments, businesses and touches on the city’s jewel, Stanley Park.

The substance was originally said to be bunker fuel, but later Thursday officials said they couldn’t identify the oily, black material.

The coast guard’s Capt. Roger Girouard said the worst-case scenario would be that it is bunker fuel or raw crude. Samples have been sent to a laboratory for testing.

Girouard said at a news…

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