Weather helps spill clean up in Vernon

By KISS News Staff
November 25, 2015 - 11:40am Updated: November 26, 2015 - 2:18pm

VERNON --  Officials say a system designed to limit hazardous spills at gas stations helped prevent damage from an incident Wednesday in Coldstream.

An overfill by a tanker truck operator led to six-thousand litres of gasoline spilling into the Centex/Coldstream Market lot on Kalamalka Road.

Coldstream's Chief Administrative Officer Trevor Seibel says it appears the containment system built into the station, worked as intended.

"It contained the fuel to those sites within the property. It's specifically designed for this exact thing."

Nearby Coldstream Elementary and the District's municipal office both reopened today as the clean up and investigation into the mishap continues.

Rick Wagner from the Environment Ministry says the colder weather is helping in the clean up.

"Basically because we have frozen conditions, the water is not moving. It takes water (rain or melting snow) to move contaminated materials, so as long as we have frozen conditions, there no migration of the water."

The cause of the spill, which was first called into 911 just after midnight Wednesday, is still being looked into, and Wagner says the trucking company could face charges.



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