Cleanup work at a long-abandoned cannery on BC’s central coast is getting underway.
Namu, located about 35 kilometres south of Bella Bella, was once home to a thriving cannery and fishing community until it shut down in the 1970s.
Now BC Ministry of Environment says the crumbling docks and a listing freighter pose a number of public safety and environmental concerns.
The Canadian Coast Guard’s Dan Bate says its vessels will arrive Friday to begin removing 25,000 litres of oily water from the rusting freighter Chilcotin Princess.
The Ministry of Environment says it is taking action to address environmental concerns on Crown land and says it may order the company which owns the site to address issues if clean-up and mitigation efforts fail to measure up.
Efforts to clean up the site come after concerns raised by the Heiltsuk First Nation, particularly Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt Sr.
The ministry says it has met with the Heiltsuk First Nation and is committed to working with the Heiltsuk to resolve their concerns.