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Vancouver oil spill: clean-up continues in English Bay

04/10/2015 10:47 EDT | Updated 06/10/2015 10:00 EDT
Efforts to clean up an oil spill in Vancouver's English Bay will continue on Friday, following confirmation that a large part of the slick had reached beaches in West Vancouver.

Transport Canada says at 9 a.m. PT, a plane from the National Aerial Surveillance Program will fly over the area to help response-ships track down any remaining oil in the water.

Shoreline clean-up crews will also be deployed at Sandy Cove in West Vancouver and Stanley Park.

Transport Canada has confirmed that the estimated 2,700 litres of oil came from the vessel M/V Marathassa, as previously suspected, and that about 80 per cent has been recovered by the clean-up vessels.

Yesterday Canadian Coast Guard Assistant Commissioner Roger Girouard also revealed that a sizeable slick 15 to 20 centimetres deep and covering about 80 metres had reached West Vancouver's Sandy Cove.

Health officials continue to warn the public and their pets to stay out of the water and not to attempt to clean up the oil on their own.

Anyone who spots an oil slick in the water or ashore is asked to call a clean-up hotline at 604-873-7000.


   

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