The city of Vancouver says it’s generally satisfied with a Coast Guard report into the English Bay oil spill response.
Deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston says he commends officials for a comprehensive and honest review into what went wrong.
“It appears to have addressed many of the concerns we had raised about the specific response. The delay in notification, the lack of coordination, the organization around how the integrated command post was run.”
But he says the recommendations it makes are a bare minimum for going forward.
Johnston says while the report addressed critical issues – it doesn’t address the city’s concerns with the expansion of tanker traffic.
“There should be no expansion of oil transportation through these waters until we have a much more robust response regime. And that’s not covered by these recommendations. These recommendations just get us up to an acceptable level.”
He says the region is nowhere near a world class spill response regime which would include a Coast Guard station in Vancouver.