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Fuel barge being towed to a safe location

Fuel barge being towed to a safe location

The situation surrounding a stranded fuel barge in Heiltsuk waters appears to be improving.

The Canadian Coast Guard says a tug boat arrived at the scene Monday morning and was able to secure tow lines to the barge anchored just off the coast.

Officials say the rescue tug Gulf Cajun is towing the Jake Shearer’s disconnected barge, with its full load of fuel, to a safe location and will be escorted by the Coast Guard vessel Gordon Reid

Provincial officials say there is no sign of a spill at this point and that the two person crew on board the barge are safe.

The articulated tug Jake Shearer, heading for Alaska, became detached from its barge Sunday afternoon.

The barge is carrying approximately 3.5 million litres of diesel and 500,000 litres of gasoline.

Members of the Heiltsuk Nations have been anxiously monitoring the situation.

Just over a year ago, the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground, spilling over 110,000 litres of diesel and other contaminants into Seaforth Channel.

Earlier this month, the Heiltsuk proposed the creation of an Indigenous Marine Response Centre capable of responding within five hours to an incident like the Nathan E. Stewart or the Jake Shearer along a 350 km stretch of the B.C. coast.

Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett is scheduled to meet with Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau this afternoon.

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