Diesel release on Highway 40 near Hinton
October 10, 2018 - 2:15 pm
On October 9, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) was advised of a motor vehicle collision involving three semis, a car and a pick-up truck.
While none of the semi units were hauling dangerous goods, two saddle tanks from one unit were ruptured in the collision causing an estimated release of 200 to 300 litres of diesel. The released diesel drained into the ditch along the highway; the visible product in the ditch is approximately 100 metres away from an unnamed stream. Local first responders from Hinton were on scene. Highway 40 is currently reduced to one lane of traffic.
The regional responder has arrived on site and completed an overall assessment of the containment measures put into place and the environmental risk associated with the release. While the product has migrated further downstream towards Fred Creek, the product has been held up due to ice buildup within the ditch. Flow of the product downstream appears to be minimal.
At this time, the Alberta Support and Emergency Response Team (ASERT) has contracted an environmental response company to place additional containment measures to control the product’s migration and to begin recovery.
A vacuum unit has been deployed to the site to begin collection of the product. Upon arrival to the site, the vacuum unit will be initially directed by the onsite regional responder to ensure the best use of the resource. Upon arrival by the environmental consultant, a preliminary assessment will be performed, additional absorbent boom/pads will be placed and a crude inverted weir will be established to set up a collection point for the product.
Diesel release from vehicle into Fawcett River
October 5, 2018 - 3:25 pm
On October 5, 2018, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) was notified that a water truck had driven off the road and into a creek. The caller stated they had booms en route and contacted Western Canadian Spill Co-op for assistance. The location is adjacent to a bridge over the Fawcett River. Diesel is present in the creek and a beaver dam is reported to be impacted.
An AEP regional responder was deployed earlier this afternoon and is en route. The oilfield company has contracted environmental resources. The responsible party is sending equipment resources for containment and environmental contractors are gathering the resources required to deploy them.
A full-site assessment will be conducted by all parties on site and plans will be created for the extraction of the vehicle while protecting the areas downstream. Resources will be contracted for in depth aquatic assessment for immediate and downstream impacts.
Bear closure - Wapiti Nordic Ski Club (Grande Prairie)
September 3, 2018
Please be advised the area surrounding the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club, southwest of Grande Prairie, has been closed due to bear activity.
At approximately noon on September 3, a hiker on the Nordic ski trails encountered an aggressive grizzly bear. The hiker used bear spray on the bear, but the bear was undeterred and ended up following the hiker for approximately 700 metres while the hiker retreated out of the area.
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Temporary Trail Closure – West Bragg Creek
July 24, 2018
Due to bear activity, a Temporary Trail Closure has been issued for the Tom Snow Trail in the West Bragg Creek area.
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