Fraser River Sheen
DISCLAIMER: Information provided is based on reports received by Emergency Management B.C. Information provided is considered to be current at the time of posting, but is subject to change as new information becomes available.
|Incident Date||March 24, 2017|
|Name||Fraser River Sheen (DGIR 163752)
|Nearest Community||Mission, B.C.|
|Spilled Content||Diesel Fuel|
|Who is involved?||B.C. Ministry of Environment, Emergency Management B.C., Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada|
Response Phase Detail
The responsible party or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible party is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports.
Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).
Most Recent Update
March 25, 12:34 pm
March 24, 2017 - 3:07 pm
A submerged vessel on the Fraser River is leaking fuel. An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) with B.C. Ministry of Environment attended the scene and completed an assessment from land. The EERO confirmed a sheen of fuel was present and is working with other agencies to identify the appropriate course of action. No known impacts to land were observed at that time.
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is currently taking the lead on containing the ship source spill. They are working jointly with B.C. Ministry of Environment as needed. Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) has been contacted to aid in the spill cleanup. WCMRC is currently enroute to the incident site. The RCMP have been involved in the incident and are dealing with the responsible party.
B.C. Ministry of Environment will continue to monitor the situation.