Officials with the Canadian Coast Guard continued to defend their response to the toxic fuel leak at English Bay that saw 2,700 litres of fuel spill into the waters.
A day after municipal and provincial authorities criticized the length of time it took to set up the boom, Commissioner Jody Thomas says most of the leaked oil has been recovered.
“Our response was immediate, measured, effective, and it worked. We’re on it.”
“And we are continuing to contain any oil, and work with all partners to ensure this incident is safely and correctly resolved.
Assistant commissioner Roger Girouard also downplayed any potential role the now-closed Kitsilano Coast Guard would’ve had in containing the spill quicker than was done.
“There were some storage elements there that in varying stages of history had seen more boom, but ready access to boom would’ve been in the order of 300 metres. Not enough for this scenario.”
The Vancouver Park Board tweeted this morning during cleanup that 12 oiled birds were spotted.