Oil spill rattles some residents of Heart’s Delight
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."
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.