Kitchener-Waterloo

Grand River oil spill cleanup continues over the weekend

City crews will be continuing over the weekend to clean up the oil spill discovered April 29 in the Grand River and along the riverbanks, according to a release from the city of Kitchener.
Booms have been put in the river to prevent the spilled substance from travelling further downstream. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC)

City crews will continue over the weekend to clean up the oil spill reported April 29 in the Grand River and along the riverbanks, according to a release from the city of Kitchener.

The company responsible for the spill has been identified, but its name hasn't been released to the public.

The work to clean and remediate city infrastructure affected by the spill has been finished, according to the city.

Environmental scientist Mark Servos says the presence of a black substance on the Grand River's shoreline indicates a heavy oil. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC)

The trail along the affected area of the Grand River is still closed to the public while work continues, and signs have been posted at eight access points. The city is still asking residents not to use the river for recreational water activities like boating and swimming until further notice.

The total cost of the cleanup isn't available yet, but the city says it's tracking expenses closely. 

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has taken over the investigation into the spill. 

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