Sewage release at Alberta beach

June 18, 2018 - 9:50 am

On Monday morning, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) was notified of a potential release of 300,000 litres of raw sewage release in the town of Alberta Beach. Upon volume recalculation, an estimated 70,000 litres is believed to have been released.

The release followed the natural drainage pattern of surrounding landscape which eventually leads to Lac St Anne. Onsite assessments by an environmental company indicate that there is no identifiable release to the lake. All the released product was contained in the natural drainage patterns of the surrounding landscape or recovered by the contractors prior to entering Lac St Anne.

Currently, Tri-Village Sewer Services has nearly completed recovery operations and the environmental company has completed a site assessment and collected confirmatory samples. The line will be repaired, final cleanup will be completed and signage will be put out to notify the public and samples will be submitted to a laboratory for analytical review.

Bow River Bridge motor vehicle collision near Brooks

June 9, 2018 - 11:00 pm

On Saturday morning, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) was notified of a collision between a tanker truck and another vehicle on the Bow River Bridge on Highway 36 south of Brooks. The tanker appeared to be carrying crude oil and the last section of the tanker was hanging over the bridge.

The truck driver was injured and stated that the trailer was empty. While there are no apparent leaks from the tankers themselves, the tractor appeared to be leaking diesel, hydraulics, glycols and motor oil.

The local fire department used pads to soak up fluids on the bridge deck and installed a limited amount of boom downstream of the bridge in attempts to recover the fluids on the river. The AEP duty officer has contacted the trucking company (responsible party) and an AEP regional staff member is currently inspecting the Bow River at a bridge crossing downstream of the incident. No evidence of impacts are noted at this time. The local fire department and RCMP remain on scene.

A third party spill response company is en route to assist with the wreckage and begin site assessment, including the impacts to the river. AEP will be notifying municipalities and jurisdictions downstream from the event.

Bear Closure Notice – Ghost River east of Lake Minnewanka – Ghost Public Land Use Zone

June 4, 2018

The Ghost River area east of Lake Minnewanka in the Ghost Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ), is closed due to grizzly bear activity. The closure area extends into parts of Banff National Park.

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