The Coast Guard says only half a liter out of 2,700 spilled remains in English Bay today, but some environmental groups are questioning that figure.
“There are reasons to be skeptical about what comes from the mouths of federal officials – in this case the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard.”
That’s Kai Nagata of the Dogwood Initiative – he says questions raised over the spill response capacity of the closed Kits Base also raise doubts about the cleanup numbers.
Christianne Wilhelmson of the Georgia Strait Alliance agrees – she says the figures may not include fuel that has evaporated, hit beaches, or sunk.
“Language is important here, perhaps they have recovered 80% of the recoverable oil, but it’s really disingenuous to tell people that the majority of the oil has been recovered.”
The Coast Guard says it’s confident the ‘lions share’ of fuel has been recovered – and that the water both both inside and out of containment booms appars clean.