Oil spill rat­tles some res­i­dents of Heart’s De­light

The Compass - - MUNICIPAL - nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

There was a no­tice­able scent of fur­nace oil hang­ing in the air in Heart's De­light-Is­ling­ton af­ter an oil spill in the com­mu­nity on Jan. 16.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the smell was the sound of ma­chin­ery as crews worked to clear soil af­fected by the spill. The shoul­der of the road, as well as parts of two lawns, were cleared of the top layer.

Of­fi­cials say nearly 300 litres of oil from the bro­ken hose of a Western Petroleum fuel truck spilled along a small por­tion of Route 80 in the com­mu­nity around 8:30 a.m.

The spill oc­curred ap­prox­i­mately one kilo­me­tre west of the town hall and af­fected at least two homes, and pos­si­bly a third.

Ron Har­num is the owner of the home where the truck was de­liv­er­ing oil. He was not home at the time, but quickly re­turned when he heard of the in­ci­dent.

The slick sub­stance was over part of his lawn. Runoff from heavy rains car­ried the oil along the road.

When asked what he thought upon re­turn­ing home, Har­num's an­swer was sim­ple. "Ac­ci­dents hap­pen," he said. Har­num said he was pleased with the re­sponse time of the of­fi­cials with Stan­tec Lim­ited, as well as the oil com­pany.

He said of­fi­cials have called mul­ti­ple times mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing was OK with his home.

"They'll put it back as best they can," said Har­num.

Heart's De­light-Is­ling­ton Mayor Den­zil Shep­pard was made aware of the in­ci­dent not long af­ter it hap­pened.

Shep­pard thought the re­sponse time was "ex­cel­lent."

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

A Stan­tec Lim­ited em­ployee checks the soil in Heart's De­light-Is­ling­ton af­ter the top layer had been cleared away on Jan. 16. Ear­lier in the day, the hose of a Western Petroleum fuel truck broke re­leas­ing some 300 litres of oil onto the ground.

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