Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Spill-Response

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Spill-Response

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VANCOUVER - Transport Canada says when vessels spill fuel in Canadian waters, strict rules ensure the ship owners pay for the cleanup, but that hasn't been the case so far in connection to two recent spills in B-C.

The Vancouver Aquarium says it's still owed 180-thousand dollars for the 2015 bunker fuel leak that Transport Canada claimed was from the bulk carrier the M-V Marathassa (mar-rah-thass-ah).

Aquarium scientist Peter Ross says the money was spent on environmental testing to figure out what the fuel was and the risks it posed to the facility, but the ship's owner has offered to cover less than a quarter of the cost.

The city of Vancouver says it is also waiting to be compensated for 500-thousand dollars in expenses related to the leak, and it's now submitted a claim to the federal government's Ship Source Oil Pollution Fund that covers costs when ship owners don't. …

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