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‘We’re the ones that have to live here’: Heiltsuk still feel impact of fuel spill

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The Nathan E Stewart tug boat as it sinks in October, 2016.

1 year after Nathan E. Stewart sank off Bella Bella, First Nation says clam beds still contaminated

By Bethany Lindsay, CBC News, October 13, 2017

A year after a sinking tug spilled thousands of litres of fuel into the waters off Bella Bella, B.C., members of the Heiltsuk First Nation say their valuable clam beds are still contaminated. Read the rest of this entry

Tug sinks near Bella Bella spilling up to 200,000 litres of diesel

tug-spills-fuelby Simon Little, CKNW News, October 13, 2016

An American tug pushing an empty fuel barge has sunk after running aground near Bella Bella.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the tug Nathan E. Stewart hit ground on Edge Reef near Athlone Island just after 1 am this morning.

Heiltsuk elected Chief Marilyn Slett says the tug sank completely just before 10 am, and that the Nation’s most recent estimate is that it has spilled more than 200,000 litres of fuel.

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