‘Minor spill’ in Fraser River from overturned fishing vessel

Premier Clark says Coast Guard met expected pollution response standard this time

The 85-foot fishing boat Western Crusader capsized shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday

 

A small amount of engine or bilge oil that escaped into the Fraser River from a capsized fishing boat at a marina in Richmond triggered a Coast Guard-led pollution response Tuesday.

The light sheen, visible down the river from Shelter Island Marina as far as the Massey Tunnel, was deemed to be non-recoverable, according to Port Metro Vancouver.

It came just over a month after a spill of bunker fuel oil from a grain freighter in English Bay fouled beaches and led to strong criticism of the Coast Guard response.

This time, a port patrol vessel and Coast Guard hovercraft were on scene quickly by 8 a.m., and absorbent pads and a containment boom were deployed to contain any more leaking contaminants.

Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate said the “minor spill” came from the 80-foot fishing boat Western Crusader, which had empty fuel tanks and had just been moved here from Campbell River.

Premier Christy Clark, who had suggested Ottawa might relinquish spill response authority to B.C. after the April 8th Marathassa spill, said Tuesday it appears the Coast Guard performed at the standard expected this time.

“So far we’re satisfied,” Clark said. “The response, I’m told, was quick, and the spill was quite small.”

– with files from Martin van den Hemel and Tom Fletcher

Just Posted

Police investigating after 14-year-old boy pepper sprayed at Surrey mall

Surrey RCMP say two males fled the scene before officers arrived on scene at Guildford Town Centre

Champ Surrey wrestler looks to ‘threepeat’ at U SPORTS nationals in Calgary

Cloverdale’s Brad Hildenbrandt named male wrestler of year after Canada West title win

Former Surrey mayor Bill Vogel dead at age 87

Vogel was Surrey’s 31st mayor, in the big chair from 1978 to 1980, and was alderman from 1973 to 1977

Cloverdale nurse, Langley truck driver awarded for saving a police officer’s life

Angela Feltrin and Earl Hanes thanked by B.C. RCMP’s top cop

White Rock FOI requests posted to city’s website

Residents can track progress and results of freedom-of-information requests

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Mayors approve SkyTrain extension to UBC

Next step is a business plan and public consultation

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt

Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders

Most Read

l -->