On the one-year anniversary of the English Bay fuel spill, the Premier says the problems that plagued the spill response then, still exist now.
Christy Clark says there was a big lack of coordination between the various agencies leading to a five hour delay before clean up even began.
“One of the issues that we saw in the English Bay fuel spill that we still need to clean up frankly is the fact that there was a lack of coordination between the agencies. We have to get that fixed. We set out the five conditions for heavy oil movement in British Columbia and one of them is we need more Coast Guard presence.”
She says part of the problem is Vancouver needs more Coast Guard assets.
“When we get more Coast Guard from the federal government it needs to be properly coordinated so first of all we can deal with the immediate impact of the spill right away properly and well. Second though, we have to make sure that nobody walks away from their responsibilities because we are all working together and they aren’t any loopholes for people to find there way through.”
A year later and the company that owns the M/V Marathassa has yet to pay a dime in clean up costs that are also a mystery.