550 litres of diesel fuel contaminated waters near the northern edge of Vancouver Island Sunday.
The response? A disappointment according to Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation Chief Bob Chamberlain.
He says it took about 11 hours for area spill crews to arrive at the Cermaq Canada site.
“Why does any industry that’s in the situation where this is a potential accident, doesn’t have efficient equipment, or management practice in order to contain the spill when it was discovered?”
Brock Thompson from Cermaq Canada says staff immediately alerted the Canadian Coast Guard.
“You know at that point, the Canadian Coast Guard is the lead on the response on that so we were direction from them on what we should do.”
He says his staff have basic training and equipment from nearby sites was deployed once more information from the coast guard was available.
According to Phillip Murdoch from the Canadian Coast Guard, about 70 litres remains in marine environment and a response plan is being created.
Cermaq Canada will be on the hook for clean-up costs.
With files from Koy Tayler