Heiltsuk Nation sues B.C., feds, owner of tug that spilled 100K litres of diesel

  • Oct. 10, 2018 12:00 a.m.

A B.C. First Nation is suing the provincial and federal governments, as well as the owners of the Nathan E Stewart tug that spilled 110,000 litres of diesel along the northern B.C. coast.

The Heiltsuk Nation say that the October 2016 spill in the Seaforth Channel along the central coast near Bella Bella, irreparably damaged their marine harvesting areas.

Speaking at a press conference in Vancouver Wednesday, Heiltsuk hereditary chief Frank Brown said that the spill response was “chaotic and inefficient.”

The civil claim targets Kirby Offshore Marine, the owners of the tug, for their alleged “inadequate practices” that led to the tug hitting the rocks, spilling diesel and lubricants into the water.

It also personally targets Seam Connor, the master of the vessel, and Henry Hendrix, the second mate who fell asleep at the wheel before the Nathan E Stewart was grounded.

The province did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More to come.

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