Coast guard officials have confirmed last week’s oil spill in English Bay may be larger than first reported.
Last week, we were told the amount was 2,7000 litres, but Coast Guard Commissioner Jody Thomas now says that was a “conservative estimate.”
“Analyzing and counting, quantifying what has been pulled up from the beaches, a little more complex because of the absorbent pads that are used, so we don’t have a final number now.”
Transport Canada officials say the cause of the spill is believed to be a faulty valve on the grain ship Marathassa, but the investigation is not over and the ship owners are fully cooperating.
As for when the public can go back in the water, that remains unknown. Several beaches are still closed to the public.