Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crews on Haida Gwaii Place Booms, Monitor Air Quality around Grounded Barge

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crews on Haida Gwaii Place Booms, Monitor Air Quality around Grounded Barge

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Air still unsafe in, around, grounded B.C. barge

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QUEEN CHARLOTTE, B.C. - Booms have been placed around a grounded fishing lodge barge so contaminants that may be seeping from its hull don't foul beaches on the east coast of Haida Gwaii.

The Council of the Haida Nation has provided an update on efforts to assess and salvage the barge, which grounded on Lina Island, near the village of Queen Charlotte, B.C., after breaking away from its mooring in high winds last weekend.

The council's news release says the booms were placed Thursday while technicians monitoring the barge and surrounding area confirm air inside and around the hull remains unsafe because of harmful vapours.

Anyone approaching requires a respirator and other protective equipment, while the public must stay outside the 300-metre emergency zone set up by the coast guard. …

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