Samples from two beaches indicate that animals may have been harmed.
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The goal is to fill any gaps in co-ordinating responses to spills.
The city estimates that 1,000 litres of diesel spilled into the water off Granville Island.
Between 50 per cent and 90 per cent of the oil spilled would reach shores.
The fuel that escaped "likely unrecoverable," according to a Port Metro Vancouver spokesman.
"You can see it but you don't want to touch it, so why is on the shores?"
There would be far greater benefit to our coastline if the aquarium educated their visitors about the grave risks of tarsands pipelines, tanker traffic and LNG ports, rather than focusing on how acrobatic dolphins can be.
I hope that the spill in English Bay will spark more than just finger pointing. I hope it will serve as a wake-up call that British Columbians need to expect more from their MLAs.
It could take several days or even a week to determine how much fuel spilled, said Transport Canada.
It could take up to several weeks before the birds can be released, according to the Wildlife Rescue Association.
A flyover on Friday evening saw only about six litres left in the water.
Only trained crews in protective gear should be cleaning up the oil spill, said the city.
Transport Canada says it appears there was a malfunction in the brand-new MV Marathassa.
"Somebody needs to do a better job of protecting the coast, and the coast guard has not done it."
An emergency response team was called in to deal with an oily substance coating the water.
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