Dead fish surface after jet fuel spill in West Kootenays

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VANCOUVER – Dead fish have been found following a tanker crash that saw up to 35,000 litres of jet fuel empty into a creek in B.C.’s West Kootenay region, says an official with the provincial environment ministry.

Rick Wagner said consultants and contractors working to clean-up the spill in the Slocan Valley are finding dead fish along the shore.

“This isn’t just an isolated fish here or two,” he said in an interview Sunday.

“It’s definitely more fish than we hope to be harmed in something like this,” he said. “There’s enough there that we’re definitely concerned.”

Tests must be done to determine if the fish died because of the fuel spill or some other reason, Wagner said, adding that even if the spill is to blame the harmful effects should not last very long.

“What we’re seeing is probably a very short, large impact to the fish population. But…

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