Investigation confirms source of spill in Gorge

January 24, 2020

Information bulletin
For immediate release

ESQUIMALT, BC—Cleanup along Gorge Creek is moving in a positive direction. The Township has hired an environmental contractor to bolster containment and cleanup efforts, including additional booms in significant locations. Esquimalt staff and contractors will also continue to work over the weekend on cleanup and monitoring.

One source of hydrocarbons has been confirmed: a home heating oil tank leaked oil into both the ground and the storm water system. The tank has been disconnected from the system to prevent further spills and staff are in the process of taking the next steps with the homeowner.

Staff are working with the CRD Regional Source Control program to ensure there are no other spills contributing to the problem. The Township continues to liaise with the Ministry of Environment to ensure clear communication as the situation continues to evolve.

It’s important to note that part of Esquimalt’s monitoring includes observing wildlife for signs of distress. So far no animals have been reported in poor health. If visitors to the park notice an animal in distress, please call Wild Arc at 1-855-622-7722.

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.

Residents are asked to respect the fencing around the creek to avoid further disruption. Anyone spotting a spill, or notice the risk of one occurring, are asked to report it immediately by calling 1-800-663-3456.

 

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Contact information

Tara Zajac
Communications Manager
250-414-7122