up to 22,000 litres of fuel may have spilled in b.c.'s fraser river - fuel absorbent pads
Concerns about the impact of salmonbearing river. VANCOUVER —
A tug carrying 22,000 liters of diesel capsized the Fraser River between Vancouver and Richmond.
Canadian Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate said George H.
Earlier Tuesday, the Ledcor tugboat capsized just east of Vancouver International Airport.
Bart said four people on board were rescued by the crew on the nearby Westview Chinook tugboat.
The capsized boat is only part of the gravel tugboat. and-
Towing, but not a barge at the time.
This ship is about three.
BART said it had been flooded for several quarters and had been fixed on the pile.
He said that although the fuel capacity of the tugboat was 22,000 liters, the crew was still evaluating the total amount of fuel leakage.
It is not clear what impact the leak will have on the ecosystem of the salmon north arm.
Carrying the Fraser River.
"It's too early to look at the situation, obviously it will depend on the number and action taken," Bate said . ".
The Coast Guard and Western Canada Marine reaction company have placed boom and absorption pads around the vessel, which is responsible for responding to oil spills along the B coastC. coast.
Michael Lowry of Western Canada ocean response said the company has been retained by Ledcor, which operates the tugboat, and has collected about 15 bags of water suction pads.
The pads will be in place when there is a "slight gloss" on the water, he says, but he says it is impossible to know how much diesel they absorb.
David Hoff of Ledcor says the crew are trying to get the ship back.
"We had a crane at the scene and the divers had come down to see the tugboat and they came down again to evaluate how we were going to do it," Hoff said . ".
"We hope to get a lift later this afternoon and hope to get the boat out of the water before dinner time.
"The response agencies include the Ministry of Environment, the City of Vancouver, Musqueam First Nations and the Ministry of Transport of Canada, as well as the Coast Guard and the Western Canadian marine response agency.