My wife and I spent the night of Thursday, April 8, in a room on the 24th floor of a Vancouver hotel with a clear view of English Bay.
Early the next morning we heard a report on CBC radio that there had been an oil spill on the bay. We examined the area with binoculars but could see nothing out of the ordinary, just a number of ships at anchor. Later that morning we walked Sunset Beach to the foot of Davie Street.
The only activity we witnessed was a gaggle of television crews on the beach, standing around awaiting somthing to film. As of noon, we had seen no activity around the ships whatsoever. There were no Coast Guard boats nor any new vessels in sight.
We returned to Prince George to hear James Moore, a spokeman for the federal government, announce that their response to this spill of taxis material was “world class.” Our reaction was to wonder what world Mr. Moore might have referred to.
Is this accident, happening on a warm, clear day in a crowded bay of a major city, an example of the “world class” response that British Columbia can expect for a pipeline leak in our northern wilderness?