Vancouver’s mayor says last week’s English Bay fuel spill reiterates the need for a Coast Guard Base in Kitsilano.
In the wake of the slow response to last week’s toxic bunker fuel, Gregor Robertson is calling for the Kits Coast guard Base to be reopened.
“I don’t think that closure was warranted. I think we need to have a Coast Guard Base with the equipment to deal with a situation like this right here on False Creek. People in Vancouver are still very concerned about losing that Coast Guard Base, and want to be sure we have all of the resources necessary to respond to an oil spill.”
It’s a message Robertson says Coast Guard leaders were chilly to when they met this weekend.
The benefit of having Kits Base available during the spill has been hotly debated.
Former Kitsilano Coast Guard base commander Fred Moxey said it could have responded in minutes.
Coast Guard Assistant Commissioner Roger Girouard says it would “not have made an iota of difference.”