Mussel-infested boat prompted official row at Osoyoos border crossing

Penticton Western News – October 10, 2014

Conservation officers were worried about the “optics” of allowing a boat carrying invasive mussels from the U.S. into the Okanagan earlier this year, according to newly released documents.

What’s more, it was the lack of a pilot car to accompany the oversized load, not Canadian law, that actually stopped a trucker from hauling the 13-metre vessel away from the Osoyoos/Oroville border crossing.

Details of the incident in March were revealed in notes and emails obtained by the Western News through a freedom of information request.

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