Fuel spill off coast

Tens of thousands of litres of fuel have spilled into the Strait of Georgia, prompting a Royal Canadian Navy investigation.

According to officials, the HMCS Calgary, a patrol frigate, spilled 30,000 litres of fuel into the water on Saturday during a fuel transfer.

Following the incident, a search of the area turned up no evidence of the spill.

The navy announced that they are paying close attention to the situation to the public at CFB Esquimalt on Sunday.

The fuel that was spilled was F-76 kerosene, which evaporates quickly. 

“It’s not known to bind with sediments or cause any type of fuel pooling on the sea floor and it will naturally degrade due to microorganisms within a day up to a month,” said Tracy Cornforth, acting information environment officer. “Typically you don’t find any type of sheen or slick in the marine environment due to the nature of the fuel.

Shoreline searches by the Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard will begin Monday, to determine any potentially harmed areas. 

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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