Quick re­sponse to fuel spill at mu­nic­i­pal garage

Cause of 200-litre spill still un­known, says town man­ager

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROS­ALYN ROY Ros­alyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – A diesel fuel spill was dis­cov­ered at the mu­nic­i­pal garage in Port aux Basques around 6:30 a.m. Fri­day, Aug. 25.

Town man­ager Leon MacIsaac said ap­prox­i­mately 200 litres were be­lieved to have been spilled.

“The cause of the spill is un­known as we can­not iden­tify as it to whether it was an equip­ment fail­ure or tam­per­ing of equip­ment,” MacIsacc wrote in re­sponse to an email re­quest for in­for­ma­tion.

The fire depart­ment and town staff were im­me­di­ately dis­patched to con­tain the spill us­ing ab­sorbent pads and ma­te­ri­als, and a spill boom.

As per pro­to­col and ow­ing to an un­known quan­tity leach­ing into the storm wa­ter sys­tem, which de­posits into Moth­er­lode Bay ad­ja­cent to the prop­erty, En­vi­ron­ment Canada and the Cana­dian Coast Guard were also no­ti­fied.

The pro­vin­cial depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment was also no­ti­fied and ad­vised the town to have a reg­is­tered site pro­fes­sional over­see the cleanup. SNC Lavalin was con­tacted, and has as­signed staff to over­see any re­quired testing and en­vi­ron­men­tal site as­sess­ment.

“All known con­tam­i­nated ma­te­rial has been con­tained and stock­piled by staff for dis­posal at an ap­proved site as per the en­vi­ron­men­tal guide­lines,” said MacIs­sac. “The re­main­ing ar­eas will be tested by the con­sul­tant to de­ter­mine whether fur­ther ac­tion is re­quired.”


Ap­prox­i­mately 200 litres of diesel fuel was spilled at the mu­nic­i­pal garage, lo­cated down­town across from Port aux Basques Town Hall.


Town staff and the vol­un­teer fire depart­ment moved quickly to con­tain the spill, and have since dis­posed of the con­tam­i­nated ma­te­ri­als.

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