Nova Scotia

Mechanic defies oil cleanup order

A mechanic in Beaver Bank is refusing to comply with a provincial order regarding an oil leak, claiming he's not the one responsible.

A Halifax-area mechanic is refusing to comply with a provincial order regarding an oil leak, claiming he's not the one responsible.

Val Emberly runs a motor-vehicle repair shop in his backyard in Beaver Bank.

Earlier this year, municipal crews were clearing culverts at the foot of Emberly's property when they spotted an oil discharge in a drain pipe. The pipe was directly downhill from his property.

Emberly insists he's not responsible, but Nova Scotia Environment has a different take.

"It's up to him to demonstrate to us that he's not the source. Right now we have grounds to believe that he's the source," said Glen Warner, a spokesman for the department.

Halifax Water has billed Emberly $3,400 for the work it did to dig a ditch where the oil discharge was collecting.

Now the Environment Department has told Emberly to hire a consultant to find out what kind of oil is on his property and how much, and develop a plan to remove it.

"If I don't do it, they're gonna move equipment in to do it and if it's $20,000 or $100,000 they're gonna try to back charge it to me. And I ain't got the money, and I ain't paying," he said.

Emberly is ready to fight the department. This week, however, he's packing up his shop and his house and getting ready to move out.

Corrections

  • We initially reported that Val Emberly was billed $10,000 by Halifax Water. In fact, he was billed $3,400.
    Oct 11, 2013 3:38 AM AT

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