FUEL SPILL UPDATE – May 17, 2019 UPDATE FROM THE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION AND PARKS
The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks conducted sediment and surface water sampling in Shade’s Mill Reservoir to evaluate any residual impacts from the January 13, 2019 jet fuel spill.
Sediment sampling in the beach area of Shade’s Mill Reservoir occurred on April 15, 2019 and included the collection of sediments at varying water level marks. Surface water sampling was conducted on May 3, 2019, and included the collection of samples upstream of the reservoir, at both the north and south side of the reservoir, and downstream of the reservoir.
Sampling results show that the concentration of parameters related to the jet fuel spill were below the method detection limit for all sediment and surface water samples collected.
The consultant has completed a Shoreline Clean up Assessment Technique (SCAT) Survey along priority sections of Aberfoyle Creek, Mill Creek, and Shade’s Mill Reservoir, which is a systematic method that is utilized and recognized worldwide for assessing affected shorelines after an oil spill.
The results of the SCAT survey indicated that sheen was only noticed once the creek banks were disturbed downstream in Aberfoyle Creek and Mill Creek to Wellington Road 35 creek crossing. There was no jet fuel related sheen observed downstream of Wellington Road 35 creek crossing and at Shade’s Mill Reservoir.
The consultant has submitted a treatment report based on the findings of their SCAT survey to the ministry for review. Pending ministry comments, the treatment plan is scheduled to start on June 3, 2019.
Any questions regarding this update are to be directed to:
Lynette Armour, Provincial Officer at 519.826.4759 or 1.800.265.8658