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And just in case Canada thought it was immune from waterborne crude (and derivatives) invasions, here is CBC reporting that a fuel tanker with 9 million liters of diesel has run aground in the Northwest Passage, on a sandbar close to the Nunavut community of Gjoa
Haven. It is unclear if any of the diesel has spilled, although we expect some demonstrative eating of shrimp, penguins, Taq polymerase, or whatever it is that lives in these extreme temperatures, by some world leader, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that all is well, and there is no need to panic.
A fuel tanker carrying nine million litres of diesel fuel has run aground in the Northwest Passage, the Canadian Coast Guard confirmed Thursday.
The tanker, which is owned by Woodward's Oil, ran aground on a sandbar Wednesday southwest of the western Nunavut community of Gjoa Haven.
It was carrying diesel to resupply Gjoa Haven and other remote communities in the region. No diesel is believed to have spilled, coast guard officials told CBC News.
Transport Canada is working with the company to get the tanker floating again.
The coast guard says it is too early to tell when the ship will be able to move.