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Ten charges laid in oil spill that fouled English Bay beaches in Vancouver
Charges have been laid against the owners of the MV Marathassa nearly two years after a leak of bunker fuel fouled the beaches of English Bay in Vancouver, but the company is trying to scuttle the...
Mar 31st, 2017
'Unacceptable' that some fuel from spill can't be cleaned: First Nation chief
An oily rainbow-like sheen on the waters surrounding a diesel fuel spill off the north coast of Vancouver Island cannot be cleaned up, sparking fears among a nearby First Nation that relies on clam...
Mar 7th, 2017
BP gets off too easy in Deepwater Horizon and BC looks gorgeous in Koneline, one of my VIFF picks
Also Tim Burton’s new one, a winner from Africa, a low-class comedy from the US and more film fest recommendations
Sep 30th, 2016
PHOTOS: Vancouver's Kinder Morgan expansion protest
More than 300 people piped up against the pipelines at a Trans Mountain expansion rally in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday afternoon.
Aug 18th, 2016
Nanaimo forestry company fined for spill in Northumberland Channel
The accidental spill took place during a power outage, but even accidents come with a hefty price tag.
May 25th, 2016
Looking back at 2015 through Vancouver Observer's top stories
Dec 18th, 2015
Some skepticism following Minister's 'world-leading' spill response plan
According to the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the new land spill response plan will be "world-leading," but two local officials aren't too sure.
Jun 15th, 2015
Oil spill communication improved since English Bay leak, says Coast Guard
Spill posed no significant human health risk but nearby residents were advised to reduce fume intake by closing windows and turning off air conditioners.
The Canadian Press
Jun 15th, 2015
Praying for marine safety, lobbying for better oil response
Vancouver is hamstrung by a lack of communication from senior response agencies, according to new report
Jun 3rd, 2015
Oil spill in Burrard Inlet could cost Vancouver up to $1.2 billion: UBC report
A major oil spill in the Burrard Inlet could cost the city up to $1.2 billion in lost economic opportunities, according to a new UBC report. The UBC Fisheries Economics Research Unit...
May 22nd, 2015