Nova Scotia

SS Arrow shipwreck leaking oil off eastern N.S.

A Transport Canada plane spotted oil sheens Tuesday afternoon in waters off eastern Nova Scotia.

Slicks spotted near ship that sank in 1970 in Chedabucto Bay

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is investigating oil sheens near an old shipwreck in waters off eastern Nova Scotia.

SS Arrow sank in 1970 after it hit a rock in Chedabucto Bay and officials say the leak is coming from the ship.

The slicks were spotted by a Transport Canada pollution patrol plane earlier Tuesday afternoon.

The Canadian Coast Guard estimates 10 litres of oil leaked out of the tanker.

"We haven't had any visual signs of any impacts [to marine life] and certainly our partners with Fisheries and Oceans and the Department of Environment don't see a problem with it," said Ryan Green, Acting Superintendent of Environmental Response with the Atlantic Region of the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Canadian Coast Guard has contracted divers to examine the wreck and seal any leaks.

"Clean up is always a challenge," said Green.

"We foresee starting this [clean up] as immediately as possible and if weather goes along well we should certainly be finished before the bad weather comes."

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