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DFO Announces $1.0 Plus Investment in Environmental Response Equipment for BC Coast.

Posted on September 9, 2018 by Nigel Bennett  |  991 Views

DFO announces $1M-plus investment in environmental response equipment for B.C. Curtain booms, portable skimmers will boost oil spill clean up capabilities: Minister says.

“We are very pleased to be working with the Canadian Coast Guard on this important project,  Providing state of the art oil spill response equipment and training. 

Together with other Canadian companies we are helping to keep our pristine coasts clean and safe.”

Nigel Bennett - Founder Aqua-Guard

*   NICOLE CRESCENZI Sept. 7, 2018 5:30 p.m.LOCAL NEWSNEWS

The Pacific region of the Canadian Coast Guard is receiving over $1 million worth of marine environmental response equipment.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced in Victoria on Friday that Coast Guard bases in Victoria and Richmond have taken delivery of 22,000 feet of boom curtain and three medium-sized portable skimmers.

These additions are designed to clean oil spills and other pollutants from the water. The curtain boom will be used to keep the materials in a controlled area so the skimmers can remove it from the surface.

“This new equipment is part of the Environmental Response Equipment Modernization Initiative, which is bringing new infrastructure equipment and technologies to more than 80 Coast Guard locations across this county,” Wilkinson said. “By leveraging advanced technology, this investment puts the Canadian Coast Guard on the cutting edge of environmental response innovation.”

The Canadian Coast Guard now owns 22,000 feet of curtain boom and three medium-sized portable skimmers, equipment used to clean up pollutants and spills from the ocean. The more than $1 million worth of equipment is split between the Victoria and Richmond bases.

Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

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