Oil sheen in creek natural

Decker Lake Forest Products sawmill runoff not involved.

Staff with the B.C. Ministry of Environment (MOE) have concluded an oily sheen spotted in a creek near the Decker Lake Forest Products sawmill earlier this summer is a natural occurrence.

As first reported in the Sept. 3 edition of the Lakes District News, environment staff took a look at the creek by the Maxan Road bridge directly south of the log yard on Aug. 23. From the observations and photos taken of the sheen, staff initially believed it may be runoff from the log yard and it looked similar to puddles seen around saw dust piles.

Environment staff noted the yard is only 25 metres from the Endako River and the findings were presented to the MOE compliance group for follow-up to determine if the oil poses any risk to fish in the stream.

Last week MOE staff revealed they first noticed an oily sheen in the creek on July 25 while following up on a reported. Upon investigation of the late July observance, staff determined the oily sheen appeared to be a natural biological occurrence common when high iron and high manganese are present in slow wet water environments.

“The sheen was not associated with the spill incident in July [train derailment] as no product moved through the culvert,” stated officials with the Ministry of Environment. “The culvert was crushed and water was stagnant at the time of the occurrence.”

A conservation officer then visited the site again on Aug. 23 in response to another still report and took pictures of the sheen, which they forwarded on to staff present at the July 25 investigation. It was then confirmed the August sheen appeared to be the same thing that occurred in July.

Officials with the MOE have concluded no further action is required at this time.


Just Posted

Nearly $500,000 available for internships with First Nations government

Funds announced through partnership with Northern Development and Government of Canada

Burns Lake council takes action on housing issue

Council plans to invite several agencies to a meeting

Burns Lake athletes bring home gold

Cole Bender and Nicole Hamp stand out in Whistler

Burns Lake supports Nechako Watershed

Council has approved funding to help implement watershed strategies

Four influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities in northern B.C. so far

Influenza season is bringing two predominant strains

Initiation tournament in Burns Lake

The littlest Burns Lake Bruins hosted a tournament at the Tom Forsyth… Continue reading

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of off-duty cop

Jury found Garnier guilty in December, rejecting his claim she died accidentally during rough sex

Transportation watchdog must revisit air passenger obesity complaint

Canadian Transportation Agency must take new look at Gabor Lukacs’ complaint against Delta Air Lines

Gas plants verdict coming down today; ex-premier’s top aides to learn fate

Verdict to be delivered on senior staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty

Most Read