Nfld. & Labrador

Mystery oil discovered in St. John's harbour to be analysed

The Canadian Coast Guard is collecting and containing an oil spill that was spotted in St. John's harbour over the weekend.

Cause of spill still unknown

Larry Crann, Senior Response Officer with the Coast Guard said crews should be able to remove most of the oil that was discovered in St. John's Harbour this weekend. (CBC)

The Canadian Coast Guard is collecting and containing an oil spill that was spotted in St. John's harbour over the weekend.

A response team was able to contain the spill shortly after it was reported on Saturday, and containment booms and absorbents have been placed in the harbour near the Harvey's dock.

Senior response officer Larry Crann said the coast guard isn't sure how it got there, or what it is. He said it could be some sort of lubricating waste oil, but they can't be completely sure on what type of petroleum product it is until they have a sample analysed at a lab.

About 400 litres of oil was collected on Sunday, said a coast guard representative.

A surveillance flight did not detect any oil outside the containment area.

The coast guard is the primary responder in situations involving mystery spills. 

The team captures the oil by placing a boom around the area and putting absorbent materials into the water. Then they use a vacuum truck to remove it.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?