The Heiltsuk Nation say their community will need years to recover from the fuel spill that took place off the shore of Bella Bella in October.
It took salvage crews 32 days to remove the sunken Nathan E. Stewart, which went down near Bella Bella, spilling more than 100,000 litres of diesel.
Now two weeks later, all obvious evidence of the disaster is gone.
That is except for a thin layer of oil which is still visible on the water’s surface.
Heiltsuk Incident commander Jess Housty says the clean-up operation is nowhere near over.
“I’m anticipating months if not years of ongoing environmental sampling before we feel comfortable that this place is recovering.”
She says the clean-up operation is putting a strain on their community.
“What we are hearing is that the sheen out on the shores is too thin to collect which is a really frustrating place for our community to be in, to know that there is still visible pollution out there and that there doesn’t seem to be any recommended treatment for it.”
Housty says the community will focus on the clean up before considering legal action.