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About 2,500 litres of fuel leaked from truck in B.C. waters, Indigenous Guardians say – Global News

May 3, 2023

A truck carrying 17,000 litres of diesel has been successfully recovered from the environmentally-sensitive waters of Johnstone Strait on British Columbia’s coast.

The truck rolled off a barge just off the coast of Hardwick Island on April 20, coming to rest in about 35 metres of water.

Divers and teams from the Ha-ma-yas Guardians, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) were deployed to seek out and patch leaks from the tanker.

“I’m immensely proud of all of our Guardians,” K’ómoks First Nation Chief Ken Price, said in a media release.

The guardians have been training on marine disaster response for three years with the coast guard and WCMRC, with a particular focus on the possible spillage of oil or chemicals.

“Not only K’ómoks but Guardians of the Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai and Tlowitsis Nations all worked together rapidly and effectively to assist in a situation that needed fast, experienced action to try and minimize environmental damage to our territories,” Price added.

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