As a toxic bunker fuel spill spread across Vancouver's English Bay and washed ashore on the city's many beaches, people took to social media to share worrying photos, along with fears for the province's environmental future.
Aerial photos capture the scale of the spill
The water looks like this in some places
Oil slick in English Bay now. pic.twitter.com/pEGXZcNaWT— @Igottherunz
Fuel is clearly visible on beaches as well
Walked from 2nd to 3rd Beach in Stanley Park. Spill apparent in areas. Many birds. Hard to see if they are affected. pic.twitter.com/Kck3q2wlJY— @llikemoyd
Many have expressed concern for wildlife
Sad to hear of the bunker fuel spill in Vancouver's English Bay. Hoping that no marine life are harshly impacted #VanFuelSpill— @DarcyGreen91
And outrage that some have described the spill as 'minor'
"Minor" is when I spill olive oil on my kitchen floor not a plume through a bay to beaches.1st pass at cleanup yields a ton?! #vanfuelspill— @eleekg
#VanFuelSpill already being called 'minor', but bunker fuel effects on marine life highly toxic. Grim reminder of worst case scenario.— @awoodsworth
And while clean-up efforts are underway
Some have doubts about how much can really be done
Many more have said the spill is proof the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline will be an environmental disaster
Tell me again how we'll get tankers through the Douglas channel safely when we can't even prevent a spill in burrard inlet. #VanFuelSpill— @Jazzblister