i was reminded about a ‘SMALL spill’ off the Washington coast…when a damaged barge spilled 5500 barrels of bunker …
..resulting in oil slicks and many sea bird deaths…
along the west coast———–see http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/incidents/Nestucca/NestuccaHistory.pdf .
A CBC clip…. gives some idea about how the clean-up exercise was handled ….
..see link http://enviroemerg1.jimdo.com/2009/10/09/just-a-small-spill-a-dramatization-of-the-nestucca-oil-spill/
So,what to …..larger oil tankers to have limited access to busy, environmentally sensitive waters ,such as BURRARD INLET,SALISH SEA or DOUGLAS CHANNEL .. and generally to be restricted to an open ocean locations,say near Port Simpson—which offers open ocean access to world markets …This would significantly reduce the probability of bitumen spills in our busy ,environmentally sensitive waters which generate billions in tourist revenues.
Question; Would Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) be called to help ,while a humungous bitumen laden tanker was hung-up on a reef near Haro Strait ,spilling large quantities of it’s bitumen cargo ?
…and does WCMRC know if Mr. Harper’s promised ‘world class’ bitumen containment and recovery system is to be available SOON….Mr. Harper does not respond !