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ESQUIMALT, BC—Cleanup along Gorge Creek received a boost this weekend as the Township added external contractors to assist staff in containing and removing hydrocarbons from the creek area.
A leaking home heating oil tank has been identified as a main contributor to the recent spill, although a recent bout of heavy rainfall and snow melt adds to the problem.
“When we have a significant amount of water entering our system like we just had recently, grit and pollutants from roadways and homes end up flushing out in large volumes,” said Jeff Miller, Director of Engineering and Public Works.
Esquimalt staff are continuing to investigate other potential sources of hydrocarbons to ensure additional spills are not missed.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is supporting the Township of Esquimalt by providing technical and scientific advice, including expertise and recommendations for evaluating potential impacts to migratory birds.
Township staff also remain in contact with other government agencies and local groups to ensure information is accurate and up to date. Residents are asked to respect the fencing around the creek to avoid further disruption.
There are several watershed outflows in Esquimalt that empty into shorelines around the Township. Residents and businesses are reminded to avoid allowing chemicals and other materials into catch basins and drains.
Anyone spotting a spill, or notice the risk of one occurring, are asked to report it immediately by calling 1-800-663-3456.
- More information about proper chemical disposal
- What to do with an oil tank in Esquimalt
- Esquimalt’s watershed map
- Government of BC Report a Spill program