Quick response to fuel spill at municipal garage
Cause of 200-litre spill still unknown, says town manager
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.