Mayor Gregor Robertson's statement on Vancouver fuel spill

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      Today (April 9), Mayor Gregor Robertson released this statement in regards to the toxic fuel spill that took place in English Bay on April 8.

      “Early this morning the City of Vancouver was alerted to a fuel spill in English Bay that occurred yesterday evening. The management of the spill is the responsibility of the Federal Government through the Coast Guard, the Port, and Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, and they have been working to contain the spill and recover as much as possible.
      “Upon being alerted to the spill early this morning, the City activated our Emergency Operations Centre and supported the response in active coordination with our partners. Marine units from the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services were deployed, City staff and Park Rangers have been in place to monitor the shoreline, and biologists and wildlife experts are also on site to assist in assessing any impacts of the spill on shoreline and wildlife.
      “I would like to thank all first responders and officials who have assisted in today’s effort, and all of those who have volunteered to assist at this early stage.  Residents and watercraft operators are still encouraged to stay away from any fuel as there may be potential health risks.
      “Any spill of this nature is met with grave concern by all Vancouver residents, and underscores both the importance of robust oil spill response capacity in our local waters and the need to protect our shores from all such risks in the future.”




      Apr 9, 2015 at 3:15pm

      Two mariné incidents resulting in extremely harmful toxic pollutants endangering marine life and not one statement from the Prime Minister? It's his responsibility to ensure a marine safety plan is in place in our Ports.

      Dawna Silver

      Apr 9, 2015 at 3:38pm

      If it doesn't have a dollar sign indicating some money to be gained, the politicians are interested. Certainly, a prime minister who is taking every advantage of raping the land for money as possible, will have no concern. This is bs as far as I am concerned. It took 13 hours to notify anyone of the spill!!! How on earth can that be called a fast response?

      Finbarr Saunders

      Apr 9, 2015 at 4:38pm

      Apparently our mayor has forgotten that tanker traffic has increased by over 100% under his watch. Can you say hypocrite?

      Never Cry Wolf

      Apr 9, 2015 at 6:45pm

      No use barking at deaf ears. What will be, will be. The future's not ours to see. Vancouver is a disaster waiting to happen.

      I haven't been down to see it but...

      Apr 9, 2015 at 7:37pm

      CBC is reporting an estimated 4200 litres of fuel in all.
      1000 litres fits in the space under your kitchen table.. so imagine that times 4. Despite being unwelcome, It really ISNT a huge disaster. But.. it's media hay, with the usual suspects trying to whip it up into more than it is. It's unpleasant, not disastrous. really think the PM should get on TV every time a small amount of bunker ends up in the water


      Apr 10, 2015 at 12:45pm

      I expect the Prime Minister to answer questions.

      Xander Davis

      Apr 10, 2015 at 5:29pm

      "1000 litres fits in the space under your kitchen table."

      1000 litres = approx. 1 cubic metre = 35.3 cu feet or
      1 metre long by 1 metre wide by 1 metre tall
      or 3.2 feet by 3.2 feet by 3.2 feet