Oil spill cleanup continues
The cleanup of the spill along the Red Deer River banks and Gleniffer Lake continued over the weekend, with 261 response personnel at work on Sunday and 275 on Saturday. Crews were collecting oil using absorbent materials and the deployment of 800 feet of lake and sock boom.
Since the flood, more than 17,000 man-hours have been worked as part of the cleanup effort. There have been no reports of injuries following the spill.
About two dozen water samples were collected on Sunday, with the samples being sent to an independent laboratory for testing, the company said.
The five air monitoring units along the spill route have to date all registered air quality readings within acceptable Alberta Environment levels, the company said.
There are 17 wildlife monitoring officials working along the spill route, including four biologists and two wildlife technicians. They have been inspecting the riverbank and wooded areas near the river.
The information centre at the James River Community Hall continues operations this week, with an information session planned for Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more, see this week’s Mountain View Gazette.