Red Deer River water qual­ity mon­i­tored af­ter col­li­sion spills diesel fuel into nearby creek

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

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

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