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Trouble with the Tanker Ban?

February 17, 2017

The long-awaited tanker ban for B.C.'s North and Central Coast is still said to be coming...but when? Legislation was originally scheduled for last fall but to date, there is no sign of a draft. Details have been slowly coming out: it will target persistent (heavy) oils and so will capture things like dilbit, but not the fuels delivered to communities by barge; and it will exempt shipments of up to 12,500 tonnes, which is larger than the deliveries made by barges like that pushed by the Nathan E. Stewart, the tug that sank off Heiltsuk territory in the fall.