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At least 167 liters of fuel spilled in Charlottetown Harbor

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jan22,2024

At least 167 liters of fuel spilled into the port of  Charlottetown

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The Canadian Coast Guard confirms that at least 167 liters of fuel were spilled in the port of Charlottetown during the refueling of the x27;Ancier earlier this week.

The drones of this federal government agency made it possible to see the reflections of approximately 167 liters of irrecoverable fuel.

This is the first estimate from authorities since the ship docked at the Port of Charlottetown on January 12, 2024.

Surveillance flights by a helicopter and planes in the area over the following days failed to detect the presence of fuel reflections or pollution, the Canadian Coast Guard told CBC in an email Friday. The intervention teams also carried out coastal surveys which did not detect reflections or pollutants in the water or on the shore.

According to the Canadian Coast Guard, marine diesel fuel spilled while tankers were loading fuel on board the Ancier. On Friday, it confirmed that there are no cracks in the hull or leaks coming from the ship.

The possible source of the leak was detected in a suspicious tank on board the ship and operations to empty this tank of fuel are almost complete, she writes.

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The ship's owner hired a third party to lead the fight against pollution, the Canadian Coast Guard said Thursday.

A Coast Guard response team also remains on site to monitor the area.

A Transport Canada spokesperson confirms that an investigation is underway and that the ship will be allowed to depart when it is deemed to be in compliance with its regulations regarding the prevention of oil pollution.

No clean-up operation has so far been announced by the authorities.

PEI Shellfish Association President Bob MacLeod is concerned about the impact this spill could have on nearby wild oyster and clam fishing grounds.

Several people in the region make a living from these fisheries, he recalls.

We will have to wait for the ice to melt and the opening of fishing season on May 1, so the situation can be clearly assessed, he adds.

When the ice melts, will it all go back into the water, at the same time the oysters start feeding? he asks himself. Because they are hibernating for now, but they will start feeding again in the spring. If the ice melts into the water, it will be another spill.

Residents in the communities of Stratford and Mermaid have reported seeing reflections on the water and on the ice of the river and the port on Sunday. A strong odor was also notable.

On Wednesday, the province confirmed the continued presence of this odor and reflections on the water. The authorities, however, said they were convinced that there was no apparent risk to groundwater, crustaceans, fauna and flora.

Based on reporting by Devon Goodsell and Carolyn Ryan, CBC

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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