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BC shipwreck’s oil cleanup makes waves –

U.S. army transport ship Brig.-Gen. M.G. Zalinski has been leaking fuel since sinking in 1946

The Canadian Coast Guard has launched what it’s calling one of its largest operations ever to clean up a Second World War-era wreck that’s leaking oil off the coast of B.C.

But some say the rusting hulk of the U.S. army transport ship that sank nearly 70 years ago may have unwittingly sailed right into the middle of B.C.’s pipeline controversy

Lying in about 30 metres of water, 100 kilometres south of Prince Rupert, the fuel tanks of the Brig.-Gen. M.G. Zalinski are rusting away.

Any week, month or year now, the bulkheads inside could collapse, releasing up to 600 tonnes of bunker oil into the waters of the Grenville Channel, part of B.C.’s famous Inside Passage route.

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