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Update - Oil spill cleanup

April 11 2015

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The Coast Guard has confirmed that any recoverable oil on the water has been retrieved and environmental investigations are ongoing to assess the extent of any oil that may have sunk from the water surface or settled on the seabed.

 

Shoreline cleanup efforts, being led by Environment Canada and their contractor, are ongoing on the foreshore at Siwash Rock in Stanley Park, and on some north shore beaches. Today contamination was found on New Brighton Beach near the Second Narrows Bridge which will require cleanup tomorrow. Vancouver Park Rangers and trained members from the Vancouver Volunteer Corps and the Neighbourhood Emergency Assistance Team continue to patrol the Vancouver shoreline, assessing impact on a daily basis in support of cleanup operations and liaising with the public.  As tidal and weather patterns shift it will be critical to continue this monitoring to ensure we can utilize the federal resources available for clean-up.

 

Wildlife resources have been made available through Environment Canada, the Ministry of Environment and non-governmental organizations including Oiled Wildlife Society and Focus Wildlife. Currently, there are three birds that are being decontaminated and work is underway for a full wildlife protection plan.

 

The City continues to advise residents to avoid going near the water or shoreline around English Bay and Stanley Park until further notice. For any members of the public, if you see any oil, or any wildlife in distress, please do not touch anything. Take a photo with location, name of park or  beach and post it to the City of Vancouver's Facebook page or call 604 873 7000 to report it to city staff who can then relay this information to the units on the ground in charge of the cleanup operations.

 

City staff continue to be deployed from all departments to support the EOC and the activities of Unified Command at Canada Place