LETTER: Oil spill recovery rate ‘shocking’

Oil response exercise held in Sooke waters (News, June 29)

Last winter I attended a Sooke council meeting, which happened to be the evening the oil response team  was giving a report on oil spill clean up.

The shocking statistic revealed to me was the fact that an oil spill cleanup of 8 to 10 per cent is considered successful. I just wonder why we never see this fact in writing?

The 8 to 10 percent recovery only happens with little to no wind. I moved here 40 years ago because of the wind. We had built a sailing vessel and wanted to learn to sail. Sooke was perfect for that as there is seldom a day we have no wind.

With such horrible recovery statistics, it is high time the government force the companies to refine their bitumen in Canada. Give Canadians the jobs, collect their taxes and ship the finished product.  This recovery statistic is shocking and not nearly good enough for our beautiful coast.

Lynda Slater

Sooke