The Heiltsuk First Nation has accused the federal government of withholding valuable data relating to the Nathan E. Stewart disaster.
Four weeks after a tug ran aground and sank near Bella Bella, the salvage operation continues on the North Coast of B.C.
But the Heiltsuk Nation says crucial information gathered from environmental sampling is being withheld by the government.
Incident Commander Jess Housty calls it a betrayal.
“I completely understand their rationale for taking samples. What I do not understand is their rationale for withholding what could be vital information from Heiltsuk Nation and other parties to have decisions that need to be made, resulting from the spill.”
Housty says the information could be vital for making decisions.
“We are struggling to understand and anticipate the potential impacts to human and environmental health and lacking complete data from the early days, there’s a really serious gap, and to know that that data exists and to know that the federal government is withholding from other parties is frankly infuriating.”
Since the tug ran aground on October 13, the Nation say they have struggled to fully assess the damage and impact caused by the spill.
CKNW has reached out to the federal government for comment.