Hon. Len Marchand (Minister of State (Environment)):
Mr. Speaker, on the looks so far by my officials and officials of the Department of Transport, we have not been able to get a good handle on where the 3,500 tons of bunker C might be. There are a number of possibilities. If it was in a slick at some point, we feel we would have found it. A slick has been found in the last little while near the present location of the stern portion of the vessel, but it is a very small one.
The best indications we have as of now are that we do not foresee any environmental damage. Some of the guesses are that the bunker C that has escaped has possibly all been broken up and dissipated, or that it has sunk to the bottom of the ocean. As time goes on, we will be monitoring the situation. I will be pleased to give the hon. member any information I have as it becomes available.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS