The Township of Esquimalt says the cause of a spill in the Gorge Creek is a home heating oil tank. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt in talks with homeowner after $50,000 oil spill in Gorge Creek

Containment and cleanup expected to last another week

The Township of Esquimalt is in discussion with the homeowner responsible for the oil spill in the Gorge Creek to define costs, which is expected to be more than $50,000.

On Jan. 24, Esquimalt announced it had identified a residential home heating oil tank as the culprit behind a recent oil spill in the Gorge Creek, the estuary and the Gorge Waterway, which was reported by a resident on Jan. 18. The tank leaked oil into both the ground and stormwater system, with heavy rainfall and snow melts contributing to the problem.

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Containment and clean up of the spill is expected to last another week as Township crews continue to investigate and monitor other potential sources.

Esquimalt has hired wildlife consultants to assist in monitoring waterfowl and other animals that are typically present in the area. Currently, there have been no documented wildlife in ill health or showing signs of harm.

RELATED: Province offers expertise to help Esquimalt clean up Gorge oil spill

Anyone spotting a spill, or notice the risk of one occurring, are asked to report it immediately by calling 1-800-663-3456. Anyone wanting to remove their oil tank or look for rebates on clean energy systems for their home can learn more at esquimalt.ca.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

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