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Irving Whale: How they did it

Environmentalists dubbed it a ticking time bomb, and nobody knew when — or if — the Irving Whale oil barge would release its dangerous cargo. Toxic discoveries, legal delays and spiralling costs would all ensue before the Irving Whale saw the light of day — 26 years after sinking off Prince Edward Island in 1970.

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Diagrams show just how the Irving Whale was hoisted up.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Aug. 9, 1995
Guest: Bill Scott
Host: Brent Bambury, Tina Srebotnjak
Duration: 6:10

Last updated: October 18, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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