Campbell River —Today North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney called for a comprehensive report from the Canadian Coast Guard and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change about the diesel fuel spill at a local aquaculture operation. With cleanup efforts underway, many questions remain unanswered.

“Canadians deserve to know what went wrong,” said Ms. Blaney. “The federal government must be fully transparent and accountable about their spill response. Coastal communities and the people who love this coast will live with the impacts of the most recent spill. The government’s actions and assessment should be shared right away with our communities.”

Along with ongoing monitoring efforts, the lasting consequences of the spill and cleanup are of grave concern for many, both in the local area and well beyond. The government needs to show real leadership with a marine safety plan that strengthens preventive measures so that accidents like this simply do not happen.

“The biodiversity and stewardship of our coast are worth fighting for. Today my thoughts are with the Kwikwasat’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation and Musgmagw Dzawada’enuwx I sincerely hope the most recent spill will not impact nearby clam habitat and other sensitive ecosystems.

RACHEL BLANEY

NDP MP North Island - Powell River

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