SHREVEPORT, B.K. — A Vancouver-based investment advisory firm said Monday that it is “extremely concerned” by a potential oil spill in British Columbia.
The advisory firm Global Advisors said the spill is likely to be caused by crude oil from the North Sea, which was imported from Alberta, Canada.
It is expected to impact the hotel industry in British Colombia, South America and the U.S.
A spill would be one of the worst ever in British Columbia, said Global Advisers’ president and CEO, Tim Gerszewski.
Global Advisers is a public company owned by Gerswewski and his wife.
It provides advisory services to hotels, resorts and other businesses in B.G.
It’s very concerning because we are looking at potentially a major spill in B of C, said Gerszzewski, who also is a board member of the Hoteliers Association of Canada.
Gerszewski said the company has not yet been contacted by the province.
He said Global is “monitoring” the situation and has reached out to the BC Government.
He said the firm has no immediate plans to shut down or modify its business operations.
He added that it’s important to keep in mind that B.D. has a strong oil and gas industry and has a good track record of environmental compliance.
“B.C.’s oil and natural gas industry has the highest safety record of any jurisdiction in Canada,” he said.
Groszewski said the risk of a spill is real, but the industry needs to be prepared for it.
C government is going to have to take the lead in that and they need to act.”
Global Advisors is a private company that has a global presence.
It operates in over 100 countries and has more than 100 employees.
It has received more than $1.3 billion in funding and has annual revenue of $10 billion.
The Canadian Hotel & Resort Association said in a statement that it “will continue to closely monitor the situation.”