Diesel spill near Bella Bella an 'environmental disaster,' says nearby First Nation
Efforts are underway to remove tens of thousands of litres of diesel fuel from a sunken tug boat near Bella Bella on B.C.'s Central Coast, but local First Nations say the spill has already devastated clam beds in the area.
The tug, along with an empty fuel barge, crashed on rocks in Seaforth Channel near Athlone Island, just after 1 a.m. PT on Thursday. Both are owned by the U.S. company Kirby Offshore Marine and were heading south from Alaska.
Equipment that will allow crews to safely pump the remaining fuel off the sunken vessel was expected to arrive at the site on Monday