Ongoing Situations

Petroleum distillate spill – Wetaskiwin

August 23, 2017 - 3:30 p.m.

On August 19, 2017, a bulk storage tank containing petroleum distillates (Varsol) released 1800 litres of product on the Petro Canada bulk site in Wetaskiwin impacting approximately 1 kilometre of the city’s storm drainage system and open ditches. A fish kill (dace and minnow) was identified in the open ditch portion of the storm system.

The responsible party has contracted companies to complete the emergency response activities. The onsite response will be a 24-hour operation that will include the excavation of impacted soils from the spill pathway, air quality monitoring, aquatic and vegetation assessments, downstream monitoring and ongoing product recovery.

The removal of impacted surface water and vegetation from the storm drain system is continuing.


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