The federal industry minister is striking back at critics who he says are dialing up anxiety and forming broad conclusions about the coast guard’s response to the fuel spill on English Bay.
Earlier in the day, BC’s premier and the mayor of Vancouver criticized the federal government for its sluggish response to the spill that began on Wednesday night.
Premier Christy Clark says the province would have done a better job if it had been leading the response and says she has contacted the prime minister’s office to demand changes.
But federal Industry Minister James Moore says Canada has one of the best clean up regimes in the world and he points out that 80 per cent of fuel was cleaned up in 36 hours, something he called very impressive.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is blasting the emergency response and notification time after a toxic fuel leak in English Bay.
Robertson says if the spill had been larger, it would have been a “catastrophe.”
City officials say they weren’t notified until yesterday morning, more than 12 hours after the port and coast guard first received reports of a spill.
The coast guard says about 27-hundred litres of black oil spilled into the harbour from a grain carrier built in Japan.