Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Transportation Safety Board to Release Findings on Sunken Tugboat off B.C. Coast

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Transportation Safety Board to Release Findings on Sunken Tugboat off B.C. Coast

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Report to be released on sunken tug off B.C. coast

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VANCOUVER - Results are expected today from an investigation into what caused a tugboat to run aground off British Columbia's coast in October 2016, spilling thousands of litres of fuel into the ocean.

The Transportation Safety Board is set to release a report of its findings on the Nathan E. Stewart, a 30-metre tug that was towing an empty barge when it hit rocks near Bella Bella and partially sank.

About 107,000 litres of diesel and 2,240 litres of lubricants, including gear and hydraulic oils, leaked into the Pacific Ocean.

Chief Marilyn Slett of the nearby Heiltsuk First Nation has said the fuel spill forced the closure of prime seafood harvesting and fishing areas and has had devastating social, cultural and economic impacts on her people. …

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