City of Prince Rupert may yet pay for Watson Island spill

The recent spill of Bunker C oil from the former pulp mill isn't likely to affect the City of Prince Rupert's already-tight budget.

The recent spill of Bunker C oil from the former pulp mill isn’t likely to affect the City of Prince Rupert’s already-tight budget.

As the owner of the site, the City of Prince Rupert is responsible for maintaining the old Skeena Cellulose pulp mill while the ownership of the site is under legal dispute.

The provincial government can recover cleanup costs when it takes action under the environmental management act, as it did with the recent Watson Island fuel spill.

The cost of the cleanup is unknown at this time, but a B.C. Ministry of Environment spokesperson said the province will be paying for the cleanup and will consider cost recovery if appropriate, meaning the city may be given a bill for the work.

The recent spill of Bunker C oil from the former pulp mill isn’t likely to affect the City of Prince Rupert’s already-tight budget.

As the owner of the site, the City of Prince Rupert is responsible for maintaining the old Skeena Cellulose pulp mill while the ownership of the site is under legal dispute.

The provincial government can recover cleanup costs when it takes action under the environmental management act, as it did with the recent Watson Island fuel spill.

The cost of the cleanup is unknown at this time, but a B.C. Ministry of Environment spokesperson said the province will be paying for the cleanup and will consider cost recovery if appropriate, meaning the city may be given a bill for the work.