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Port Metro Vancouver officials dismiss ‘oil spill’ photo

Fears of an oil spill in Vancouver Harbour have been dismissed despite photos that appeared on Facebook suggesting something irregular occurred in the water two weeks ago.

An aerial shot of the water at a grain terminal in North Vancouver showed what appeared to be dark streaks.

But after Port Metro Vancouver officials, prompted by government body Fisheries and Oceans Canada, investigated they ruled out a fuel spillage.

The investigators’ conclusion is that heavy rains two weeks ago caused heavy silting in the area and a tugboat may have inadvertently stirred the silt, creating the visual impression of a spill.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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