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Heiltsuk Nation relieved tug is now out of waters
The tug will be heading to Vancouver on a salvage barge soon. (Credit: Kyle Artelle)

Heiltsuk Nation relieved tug is now out of waters

The Heiltsuk Nation is relieved that the tug is now out of the waters west of Bella Bella.

The Heiltsuk Nation’s Jess Housty says while the tug is now on a salvage barge, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Housty says one lesson they’ve learned is that the area is not prepared to handle these kind of incidents.

She says the Heiltsuk will have to live with the aftermath of the tug sinking and hopes both the provincial and federal governments will allocate more resources to deal with future marine disaster response.

A number of Heiltsuk Nation members are frustrated that Premier Christy Clark is in London, England at Buckingham Palace where the Queen recognized the creation of the Great Bear Rainforest and is now in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative to preserve indigenous forests.

It’s been over a month since a tug and empty fuel barge went aground in the Seaforth Channel, spilling over 100,000 litres of diesel and contaminants.

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