The Vice-President of Oceans with WWF-Canada wants to know why Husky was trying reconnect a flow line to recommence operations on the SeaRose FPSO when sea states in the offshore were still incredibly high.
Sigrid Kuehnemund was reacting to the spill of 250,000 litres of oil in the offshore Friday. She says sea states were recorded in the range of 15 metres and as high as 30 metres.
She questions how the spill could have happened so soon after Husky had its operations suspended after a near-miss with an iceberg in March of 2017.
Kuenemund says the impact of an oil spill on birds can be devastating.
She says it gets stuck in their feathers and leaves them vulnerable to hypothermia. They can also die by ingesting the oil while trying to preen themselves.
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Yesterday afternoon, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board reported that a number of oiled seabirds had been observed, and six vessels are now involved in the search for impacts to wildlife.
Total of four oiled seabirds observed, one of which may be retrieved for cleaning. Six vessels now involved in looking for wildlife impacts (seabirds and mammals), most with independent observers on board. 3/6
— C-NLOPB (@CNLOPB) November 19, 2018
Listen to Sigrid Keuhnemund speak with VOCM News Director Linda Swain below: