April 13, 2015:
I want to share with you the latest news and information on what the City is doing to support the federal and provincial governments in the clean-up of our waters and beaches following last week’s oil spill.
With direction from the Coast Guard, the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation and its teams are coordinating active shoreline cleanup operations both in Vancouver and on the North Shore. Our Park Rangers are continuing to support the professional recovery crews at our beaches, and we continue to have signs posted cautioning people to stay out of the water. The Park Rangers are also patrolling the beaches with our provincial partners from the Ministry of Environment, focusing on impact assessment and assistance for wildlife in distress.
There are still many questions that need to be answered. Both the Premier and I have spoken out regarding the unreasonable delay from the time the spill started to when the City was notified. There are also many questions about the long-term impacts from the spill, and investigations are ongoing about the extent of submersed oil.
As you know, I have also continued to raise Vancouver’s grave concerns about the federal government’s closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard station and the impacts of that decision on spill response times and local marine safety.