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Heiltsuk Nation says better marine response needed following diesel spill last fall
Divers had the opportunity to examine the tug up close. (Credit: April Bencze)

Heiltsuk Nation says better marine response needed following diesel spill last fall

The Heiltsuk Nation is criticizing the federal government’s response to the tug that went aground west of Bella Bella last October.

They say their independent report shows a poor response during the first 48-hours that eventually saw 110,000 litres of diesel spill in the waters.

Chief Marilyn Slett says the lack of communication and endless delays hindered the response.

Chief Slett is hoping the report is a wake-up call to the federal government to get more resources and regulations in place.

Slett says there’s still a long journey for the Heiltsuk as the area where the tug sunk remains closed off and was vital part of their economy and food source.

The Transportation Safety Board is continuing their investigation into the incident.

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