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Simms (Lib.) criticizes Government response to coastal spills

April 22, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 198 (22 April 2015) at 12866.



  • Mr. Speaker, in the wake of the oil spill on the west coast, we still have a problem on the east coast regarding the Manolis L sunken freighter. It continues to spill oil and will potentially be a major disaster.

    Here is the latest. Kevin Stowbridge, a naval architect and engineer, has said that the oil has to be removed. He says, “By today’s standards”, the ship’s hull “is paper thin”. He says that cracks are developing and they will spread, leading to “a catastrophic structural failure that could release the oil”.

    Finally, once again, will she save our shorelines? Would the minister please clean up this mess as a permanent solution?

    Mr. Scott Simms

    Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, Lib.

  • Mr. Speaker, I can assure the hon. member that the Coast Guard continues to regularly monitor the Manolis L site with Canadian Coast Guard vessels and Transport Canada aerial surveillance. As recently as this morning, we were out there.

    Should conditions change, the Coast Guard is prepared to move swiftly and take further action as necessary. I can assure the hon. member that I have instructed Coast Guard officials to review long-term options for the Manolis L.

    If environmental response is important to the member, he will support our budget.

    Hon. Gail Shea

    Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, CPC

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