Officials monitor diesel spill near Woodstock
Truck carrying 2,500 litres of diesel tipped over on Aug. 3
The Department of Environment is monitoring a large diesel spill that occurred in Woodstock on Aug. 3.
A truck, which was carrying 2,500 litres of diesel, hydroplaned and flipped over along Route 585 and spilled its load nearly two weeks ago. The diesel contaminated a nearby stream and left a lingering smell.
Despite the challenging weather since the accident, the Department of Environment says the spill was initially contained and is continuing to be monitored.
The spill has some local residents concerned about the stream’s safety.
Tom Adams said he hasn’t heard anything from the provincial government after the diesel spilled upstream from his home.
"I haven't really seen much except trucks going up along and putting little dams in the brook and stuff like that. And I have never heard about them testing any water or anything," he said.
Residents say workers are at the site most days, cleaning up the spill. Absorbent material has been placed in the stream and parts of the bank have been removed.
Workers have also created a couple of dams, designed to separate the oil and water.
Stephanie Merrill, a spokesperson for the Conservation Council, said these types of spills are difficult for workers to clean up.
"A lot of rain, a lot of wind, can disperse the fluids and make them spread faster," she said.
According to Adams, he’s concerned the diesel was able to spread quickly because of the stormy conditions around the time of the accident.
"It rained really, really hard. The rain was almost going sideways because of the wind," he said.