Friday, 19 July 2019 11:08

Kirby fined $2.9M for Bella Bella spill

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Kirby Corp., a Texas based company deemed responsible for the fuel spill that contaminated the fishing territory of the Heiltsuk First Nation on BC’s central coast has been fined $2.9 million. Kirby Corp. pled guilty in May to three separate counts under the Fisheries Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Pilotage Act for the spill that damaged both fish and birds after the tug Nathan E. Stewart ran aground and sank, spilling 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016. The Transportation Safety Board ruled last May that a crew member missed a planned course change because he fell asleep while alone on watch. Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation wants the company banned from its territorial waters until there is proper restitution in accordance with the nation’s traditional laws to respect the land and people who depend on the sea for sustenance and jobs.



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