It appears the creek on the Maxan Road behind Decker Lake Forest Products has an oil slick floating on top on the creek. Officials believe that the oil may be runoff from the mill’s yard. Further investigation will determine if it is hazardous. More information will be available in the upcoming weeks of Lakes District News.

Oil appears close to the Endako Creek on the Maxan Road

An oil spill has been found in a creek under the Maxan Road bridge near the Decker Lake Forest Products sawmill.

An oil spill has been found in a creek under the Maxan Road bridge near the Decker Lake Forest Products sawmill.

When contacted two weeks ago by the Lakes District News, the ministry of environment hadn’t been made aware of the spill.

However, on Aug. 23 the ministry of environment sent representatives to check out the creek, which is located just south of the mill’s yard.

Representatives were able to confirm of the presences of an oil sheen in the creek located under the Maxan Road bridge.

“We believe the oil sheen may be from the runoff from the log yard,” ministry of environment officials said.

Officials believe that the oil may be runoff from the mill’s yard because the oil sheen in the creek looks similar to puddles that are seen around saw dust piles.

The Decker Lake Forest Products sawmill’s yard is located only 25 metres from the Endako River.

The findings from the oil sheen, including pictures taken are now with a ministry of environment compliance group for follow up.

Specifically this group will be looking at the possible impact on fish population in the Endako River and the area.

When reached for comment Steve Zika, Chief Executive Officer for Hampton Affiliates, the company that owns the sawmills at both Decker Lake and Babine said that he was unaware of any problems with the runoff from the yard causing posing a problem, but added that it will be something that will be looked into.


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