The city of Vancouver is looking to sit down this week or next with the chair of a review of the April 8th fuel spill into English Bay.
At the time the city wasn’t notified of the spill until 12 hours after the initial report.
And it took almost 13 hours to completely put booms around the leaking vessel.
Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston says they have concerns.
“When you have got a ship owner that is not taking responsibility for the spill there is definitely a grey area and it falls on the Coast Guard. The very regime by which we operate here in Canada under this polluter-pays model puts a lot of the onus on the ship. Many of these ships are flying flags from countries that don’t have, really, any skin in the game here. The whole model is a little bit troubling.”
The city of Vancouver does not seem 100% sold on the impartiality of the man leading a review into the English Bay fuel spill response.
Former Assistant Coast Guard Commissioner John Butler will lead the review of the response including the role the Coast Guard played.
Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston says they are going to keep a close eye on things.
“Well you know we are going to be tracking the process pretty closely. If concerns that we raise, observations that we raise, don’t make it into the report we will certainly make that clear.”
Johnston says he is not sure if the review will or will not include factoring in how the response would or would not have been affected by the now closed Kitsilano Coast Guard base.