The Coast Guard is investigating after a slick of diesel was spotted in English Bay.
Spokesperson Dan Bate says the fuel is non-recoverable.
He says this is nothing like the Marathassa spill last year.
“The Marathassa spill was a much heavier product called bunker C. This seems to be a much lighter fuel which is also why it is non-recoverable. But I would say it is important for folks if they see something they wish to report that they call us in and we will take a look.”
He says Western Canada Marine determined the fuel is non-recoverable.
“As the fuel is on the water it can spread to a very thin sheen which is how you seen an oily or rainbow-type colour to the surface of the water. At that point it’s actually not possible to put materials on the water to soak it back up again.”
But the Canadian Coast Guard confirms it’s trying to track down the vessel responsible for leaking fuel into English Bay.
It was reported this morning by a concerned resident.
Officials don’t know the source or the size.