Nova Scotia

Oil barrels found in LaHave River

The 11 barrels of gear oil found floating in the LaHave River belong to a local hydroelectric company, Environment officials say.

The 11 barrels of gear oil found floating in the LaHave River belong to a local hydroelectric company, Environment officials say.

The Nova Scotia Department of Environment traced the 20-litre barrels to the Morgan Falls Power Corp. facility in New Germany.

It remains unclear how they ended up in the river.

The company hasn't returned CBC's calls.

Chelsea Robins spotted the small barrels floating in the water near New Germany on Saturday. The avid paddler reported her find to the Environment Department.

"It was disgusting. There was a rainbow slick on the water," Robins told CBC News on Monday. "As soon as I noticed the buckets, I noticed the water was iridescent, kind of purply pink."

Robins swam a little up the river and climbed onto a cliff. She brought the barrels to shore.

"As soon as I got there it smelled like a gasoline station. The fumes were very acrid and almost made my eyes sting," she said.

Environment officials identified 11 buckets of gear oil — all sealed with their lids still intact.

Kristen Martell, a department spokeswoman, said the buckets were removed from the river and placed in a secure location.

Robins finds the whole matter disturbing.

"It's hard to see it polluted like this," she said. "I see otters coming out of here. There's a beaver dam down the river, there's bass, there's salmon."

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