Squamish Nation response to fuel spill in Howe Sound
Government needs to prevent oil and fuel spills from happening
North Vancouver, February 1, 2018: The Squamish Nation is deeply disappointed with the fuel spill in Howe Sound on January 31st, 2018 due to the sinking of a derelict barge.
Squamish Nation Council spokesperson and elected Councillor Dustin Rivers says “When spills happen, they can devastate our coastline. Fuel spills directly impact our economy, culture, and community who have lived off our homelands for thousands of years. The risk of spills is always present in our minds, and our communities feel the consequences.”
The Howe Sound is in the unceded Squamish Nation territory. This spill happened near the Squamish village-site of “Ḵ’íḵ’elx̱en” (“Little Fort”) which includes Squamish Nation reserve lands.
We have grave concern for resident and migrating herring and new salmon fry. We need particular attention to any hydrocarbons that may spread as a result of this incident. We want clean-up to deal with all substances that might sink to the bottom as well. The Squamish Nation will be looking into holding all accountable for this incident.
Our Nation has repeatedly told all levels of government to deal with derelict vessels & barges.
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