Red Deer River water quality monitored after collision spills diesel fuel into nearby creek
Water quality in the Red Deer River is being assessed after a collision near Content Bridge led to diesel fuel being spilled into a creek that feeds into the river.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on June 9, Stettler RCMP and the Stettler Regional Fire Department responded to the rollover of a semi-truck and trailer combination on Highway 21 approximately one mile south of Highway 11 near Content Bridge.
The investigation is on-going to the cause of the semi leaving the road on a curve as it was travelling north. The truck turned on its side in a small creek, along with the lead trailer. The second trailer became detached and over turned into the creek.
The driver of the semi-truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to Red Deer Regional Hospital by Stettler EMS.
The truck and trailer combination was carrying diesel fuel, and based on volumes recovered, approximately 25,000 litres spilled. The creek eventually flows into the Red Deer River.
Notifications were made to Stettler Emergency Management Services, Alberta Transportation’s Dangerous Goods, Stettler Water Treatment Facility, Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Emergency Management and Alberta One Call.
First responders limited the flow of fuel from the trailers and the flow of water down the creek was curtailed by the use of booms and a berm was used to block off the creek. The remaining fuel in the tank was subsequently removed.
The Town of Stettler Water Treatment Plant switched over to storage pond water, but on Monday the municipality was permitted to again pump from the river.
The County of Stettler and Town of Stettler staff worked alongside first responders to build two berms intended to limit contamination from heading downstream. They also constructed a pad to assist vacuum trucks in reaching the tanker.
Crews working for the fuel company involved in the incident arrived and stabilized the scene and removed the product from both fuel tankers. There were three recovery units on site focusing on recovering the tankers from the site of the incident.
Waterway specialists are assisting with the clean-up. They have installed a series of booms in the creek between the site of the incident and the river. They will focus on skimming product off of the river and filtering hydrocarbons from the water.
The fuel company involved has contracted a team to oversee the entire recovery project. Their task will include taking soil samples from the site of the overturned unit and water samples from the creek and the Red Deer River. They will work closely with Alberta Environment during the containment and recovery process.
Personnel and equipment from Stettler County were used to curb a spill of diesel fuel from going into the Red Deer River near Content Bridge. submitted