February 15, 2020
PDATE FROM THE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION AND PARKS – FUEL SPILL – FEBRUARY 28, 2019
The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks has directly provided the following update:
Hydrocarbon impacted water is present in Aberfoyle Creek and Mill Creek between the spill site at Highway 401 and north of Concession 2.
Areas of sheen are being observed between Concession 2 and Wellington Road 35, and at the Concession 1 and Gore Road crossings.
Due to intermittent thaws and precipitation events, areas of hydrocarbon and sheen previously encapsulated by ice and snow are becoming visible and are being cleaned up.
Slight hydrocarbon odour is being observed at various locations between Concession 2 and the Shades Mill dam outlet.
The consultant continues to maintain booms to collect any hydrocarbon and sheen present at key locations up to the Grand River; conduct daily shoreline assessments of Aberfoyle Creek, Mill Creek, and Shades Mill; collect surface water samples upstream and downstream of the spill site at key locations up to the Grand River; and operates water treatment units to recover any sheen and impacted surface water at the spill site and at the Concession 2 road crossing.
No impacted fish or wildlife associated with the release were observed or reported during this time period.
Any questions regarding this update are to be directed to: Lynette Armour, Provincial Officer at 519.826.4759 or 1.800.265.8658