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Massive oil spill in Burrard Inlet could kill up to 10,000 birds: report

Last Updated May 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm PST

Fuel spill in English Bay (April 9/15) (Chad Dey, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Many birds would die as result of a major oil spill in Burrard Inlet according to a new report

Local councillor concerned with a new report finding up to 100,000 birds could die if there was a major oil spill

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Up to 100,000 birds could die in the case of a major oil spill in Burrard Inlet, according to a new report commissioned by the City of Vancouver.

Councillor Andrea Reimer says the findings are troubling. “Research that we have released today looks specifically at environment. In order to understand what would be impacted we need to know where the oil would go so the spill modelling is the first step, but then understanding where it goes. We need to bring in biologists who can tell us what would be there.”

“We have literally millions of sea and shore birds that come through and relay on the Fraser River and the Burrard Inlet for habitat, food and shelter. So if an oil spill were to happen, that would have devastating consequences on those birds,” she adds.

This follows the computer model findings released last week which indicated up to 90 per cent of a major oil spill in Burrard Inlet would wash up on local shores within hours.