Steelworkers support government probe of Logging Equipment spill in Robson Bight area

    BURNABY, BC, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) support the BC
government's probe of the August 20 spill of a barge load of logging equipment
into the eco-sensitive Robson Bight area. Yesterday BC Environment Minister
Barry Penner backed an investigation into whether there could be further
leakage of diesel fuel from the barge's sunken contents.
    The environment minister said it is in the public interest to investigate
    Equipment including a 10,000 litre diesel fuel tanker, grapple yarder,
line loader grapple, gravel truck, hydraulic loader, crew cab and ambulance
were on board when the spill occurred.
    The barge of equipment was reportedly being transported to Campbell River
by Ted LeRoy Trucking, a client company of Forest Industrial Relations, and
contractor for TimberWest.
    "We share the public's concern that there may be future leakage from the
sunken equipment," says Steelworkers Western Canada Director Steve Hunt. "The
government should conduct as detailed an investigation as possible."
    On July 21, the Steelworkers struck all FIR-client companies, including
Ted LeRoy Trucking, which contracts for TimberWest.
    The union says it appears the FIR-client company was trying to work
during the strike.

    The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of Canada's economy.

For further information:

For further information: Steve Hunt, (604) 683-1117, or (604) 816-2554

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