First Nation urges Trudeau to rush tanker ban after diesel spill in Great Bear Rainforest

First responders are working quickly to contain a diesel spill in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest after a 10,000-tonne tanker barge and tug unit ran aground on the central Pacific coast around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning.

According to the region’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, the Nathan E. Stewart tug boat was hauling an empty fuel barge through the Seaforth Channel when both vessels crashed into Edge Reef near Athlone Island. The tug’s seven-member crew was on board at the time of the accident, but no injuries have been reported so far and all have been safely evacuated.

Published October 14, 2016

Last modified on November 15, 2017