Several agencies have responded to a diesel leak after a fuel truck rolled off a barge last week off the east coast of Vancouver Island, near Sayward. The incident happened, in Chancellor Channel in high evening winds on April 20. The channel includes a rockfish-conservation area. There are 17,000 litres of diesel in the five tanks attached to the truck, and one has an intermittent leak. The affected tank holds 2,200 litres.
The Marine Link Transportation barge had set out from Menzies Bay to take a supply of fuel to a logging company operating on Hardwicke Island. The truck sank in about 36 metres of water.
Divers surveyed the truck on the weekend and are making ongoing efforts to patch any leaks which appear to be intermittent and minimal.