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Heiltsuk infuriated by Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s statement on diesel spill

Related NewsOct 26, 2016

October 26, 2016 (Bella Bella) – A statement just released by Canada’s fisheries minister has left Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett angered and dismayed. “I’m infuriated by Minister Leblanc’s seemingly good news statement that suggests that ... Read More

Aboriginal, environmental groups to sue Canada over Petronas LNG project

Related NewsOct 26, 2016

Aboriginal and environmental groups will file lawsuits on Thursday against the government of Canada to overturn the permit for a controversial $27 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in British Columbia. The lawsuits will name Malaysian ... Read More

90,000 litres of diesel missing from sunken tug off Bella Bella

Related NewsOct 25, 2016

Heiltsuk Nation Chief Marilyn Slett said members of her First Nation were on local beaches Tuesday trying to limit pollution after fuel soiled the shoreline along the renowned Great Bear Rainforest on B.C.’s central coast. “The crews have been ... Read More

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Coast Guard chief defends response to sunken tug in B.C.

Related NewsOct 24, 2016

The head of Canada's Coast Guard concedes there was confusion and communication problems in the crucial hours after the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground on B.C.'s Central Coast. "There had been some significant issues in communicating with the tug," ... Read More

Bella Bella diesel spill response ‘a joke’, say critics

Related NewsOct 24, 2016

A major setback for crews trying to contain a fuel spills on B.C.’s central coast: one of the booms around the partially submerged vessel has broken. The vessel is the Nathan E. Stewart tug boat, which ran aground near Bella Bella on Oct.13. An ... Read More

Endangered wildlife found at diesel fuel spill site near Bella Bella

Related NewsOct 23, 2016

Ten days after a tug ran aground leaking fuel into Heiltsuk First Nation water near Bella Bella, underwater images showed endangered wildlife in the region. Dive footage from Saturday revealed endangered abalone in the fuel spill area. The Heiltsuk ... Read More

Bella Bella diesel spill response questioned by Heiltsuk First Nation Chief after booms fail

Related NewsOct 22, 2016

The Heiltsuk ​Nation Chief says booms placed around a tug boat grounded in the waters off Bella Bella, B.C., have failed due to adverse weather. "From the air, it looks like the spill is completely free in the water," said Marilyn Slett in a written ... Read More

Big storm slowing down clean up of "sickening" spill on west coast

Related NewsOct 19, 2016

First responders cleaning up a diesel spill in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest were given a "stand down" order on Wednesday for their own safety as severe storms pounded the waters where a tug and barge unit ran aground late last week. ... Read More

Tug's diesel spill a ‘nightmare’ for Heiltsuk Nation in British Columbia

Related NewsOct 18, 2016

Members of the Heiltsuk Nation are hoping cleanup crews can protect clam beaches and salmon streams after a tug pushing a massive fuel barge ran aground near Bella Bella in the heart of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. The barge, which has ... Read More

Central Coast diesel spill response slow, ineffective, serious damage done: Heiltsuk

Related NewsOct 17, 2016

Judging by official statements in the aftermath of the ongoing Central Coast diesel fuel spill, the response to the disaster was relatively effective and damage minimized – a PR line largely soaked up by the mainstream media.Read More