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Canada's Response to US Oil Spill

May 2, 2010 — Canadians are offering to help Americans clean up the rapidly growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The government of British Columbia wants to send dozens of its emergency response experts to states bordering the Gulf of Mexico to help clean up the massive oil spill off the US coast.

'We felt as friends and neighbours and an important ally to the United States, it was important for British Columbia to express its interest in helping out,' said the province's environment minister, Barry Penner.

Huge amounts of oil have been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico since April 20, when an oil rig exploded and ruptured an underwater well.

Penner said that while BC has never dealt with an oil spill on the scale of the disaster in the Gulf, the province has specialists who are well-trained for potential emergencies along BC's sensitive coastline.

He pointed to BC's experience in dealing with the sinking of a passenger ferry in 2007, the Queen of the North, which sent fuel into the water.

For the latest on the oil spill, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your newscast comes up at :12 and :42 minutes past every hour.

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