Fate and Effects of Oil Spills – Gulf Islands, Juan de Fuca and Fraser River

Submitted by: Living Oceans Society

The evidence:

Dr. Jeffrey Short expands on his analysis to include the Salish Sea, Strait of Juan de Fuca and West Coast Vancouver Island. Areas are identified where oils might persist for decades, as it has following the Exxon Valdez spill. Dr. Short draws on the experience of the Nestucca barge spill in Washington State to conclude that submerged oil entrained in the Davidson Current could well travel the B.C. coast and end up stranding on shores as distant as Alaska. In this report, he also observes that chemical dispersants, suggested by Kinder Morgan as a response measure, are virtually useless against the thick goo that forms as dilbit weathers and should never be considered for responding to a spill where marine life would be put at risk.