Oil spill in B.C.

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Oil on the water of English Bay
Photo: City of Vancouver

Oil spill in B.C.
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
and The Globe and Mail by Nila Gopaul
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About 2,800 litres of oil
spilled into English Bay.
The toxic oil began leaking
from a ship on April 8, 2015.

The news ship, M/V Marathassa,
travelled from Japan
to Vancouver to pick up grain.

Oil from the ship
has washed up on beaches.
The oil is harmful to people
and to marine wildlife, such as
seabirds, fish and crabs.

The debate
Many people in B.C.,
including mayors, ask:
Should more tankers
be allowed in B.C. waters?

Every year, 50 oil tankers
leave from Port Metro Vancouver.
That number could rise
to about 400 tankers a year.

A person cleans an oiled duck. Photo:  City of Vancouver

A person cleans an oiled duck.
Photo: City of Vancouver

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