Nova Scotia

Collision caused fuel to spill into Shubie Canal

A collision between a vehicle and a tanker truck on Highway 107 in Dartmouth Monday sent more than 11 hundred litres of diesel fuel pouring from the truck into the Shubenacadie Canal.

A collision between a vehicle and a tanker truck on Highway 107 in Dartmouth Monday sent more than 11 hundred litres of diesel fuel pouring from the truck into the Shubenacadie Canal.

Absorbent materials were placed on the road to contain the spill, but Monday's heavy rain and the volume of fuel led to an undetermined amount entering the canal and some nearby still water.

The Department of Environment said in a news release that it is working with the company that owns the tanker to clean up the fuel, which flowed into the canal between Lake Charles and Lake William.

Containment booms are in place and department staff were on the site Tuesday to monitor the situation. Environment Canada was investigating some of the areas downstream of the spill to determine its impact.

The department warns the public that anyone who takes water from Lake William for personal use should watch for changes in odour or colour and test their water if these changes occur. There are no registered drinking water supplies in the area.

Health risks are low for recreational use of water in the area, according to the news release, but people should avoid swimming if there is a sheen on the water or an odour of oil.

The release also said physical contact with the contaminated water may cause skin irritation.

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