City of Kamloops trying to determine origin of diesel spill

By Chad Klassen
November 23, 2015 - 6:30pm Updated: November 24, 2015 - 1:28pm

The diesel that spilled into the North Thompson River on Monday evening has been cleaned up. Now, the City of Kamloops is working on determining where the diesel originated from. 

There was initial speculation the petroleum came from a transport truck that spilled diesel at North Hills Mall on Friday. But the city says the catch basin in the mall parking lot is self-contained and not connected to any of the city's storm drains in the area.

At about 4:30 on Monday, Kamloops Fire Rescue attended a call of fuel spilling into the North Thompson River near Sydney Avenue and Schubert Drive. Firefighters on scene helped to create a dam to stop the flow. Director of Public Works Jen Fretz says her team has traced the diesel back to Eighth Street and Fortune Drive, but the city can only speculate where the product came from.

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