Tug Finally Raised from Heiltsuk Waters: Now the Real Work Begins

November 15, 2016 (All day)

The Nathan E. Stewart tugboat was finally lifted from the waters of Seaforth Channel on BC’s Central Coast, after the Texas-owned tug had ran aground over a month ago, spilling more than 100,000 litres of marine diesel and 2,240 litres of oil and other lubricants.

“We are relieved the dirty tug is off the seafloor and on its way to being removed from Heiltsuk waters, but this is only the beginning for our community,” says Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett, who is also President of Coastal First Nations. “After the outside world stops paying attention, the Heiltsuk people are left to clean up the mess.”

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