Spring thaw brings poisonous reminder of toxic spill on Alberta lake
As ice melts on Alberta's Lake Wabamun, oil and black tar are rising to the surface, the poisonous evidence of a toxic spill last summer.
A CN train derailed in August, dumping 730,000 litres of fuel oil and wood preservative into the lake, about 50 kilometres west of Edmonton.
Health authorities have warned people to steer clear of tar balls surfacing on the lake during the spring thaw.
The tar is made up of chemicals from the derailment, said Dr. Gerry Predy, Capital Health's vice-president for public health and medical officer of health.
"The best thing is to leave the tar balls alone, making sure children and pets do not pick them up or swallow them," he warned in a news release.
A health advisory has also been issued warning people against using lake water for drinking or washing clothes.
- FROM AUG. 5, 2005: Wabamun Lake residents blocking track over oil spill
Bird says those who live on the reserve are no longer hunting game because the animals often drink from the lake.
Alberta Environment has yet to complete its investigation of the spill.