The Canadian Coast Guard and other agencies are responding to a possible fuel spill on the Fraser River.
Am730 Traffic reporter Elaine Scollan spotted it from the air, saying what appears to be fuel is seeping from a sunken fishing trawler at the Shelter Island Marina and Boatyard.
“The sheen from all this diesel, which I am going to assume is diesel, spreads from that marina at No. 9 Road all the way down the Richmond side of the river bank of the Fraser all the way to Massey Tunnel.”
Port Metro Vancouver spokesman John Parker-Jervis confirms the material is a light sheen diesel, which is less harmful than the bunker fuel that spilled in Vancouver’s English bay last month, but could not say how much had escaped.
He says the 85-foot vessel was at the marina waiting to be lifted to land, when it somehow sank.
“The marina has responded and has put absorbent pads around the vessel as they are required to do.”
The Coast Guard is in charge of the environmental clean-up, but it will be paid for by the owner of the vessel.
Photo credit: Amber Belzer