cleanup underway of gear oil spill on kootenay lake, b.c. - absorbent pads for oil spills
After the main car ferry through Lake B. Kootenay, the cleaning work is in progressC.
About 400 liters of gear oil leaked into the lake on Saturday morning.
The company operating the ferry, Pacific Ocean, hired a contractor to clean up the leak and sample and monitor the water in the lake near the Balver community.
Absorption pads and boom rods are used to accommodate and clean up oil, which are mainly concentrated around docked ships and beaches. The B. C.
The environment ministry said the rain on Saturday night also helped flush some of the lake's oil.
Indoor sanitation is warning people not to use leisure facilities within 400 kilometers
The coastline next to the Balfour ferry terminal is one metre long.
The health authorities say there doesn't seem to be any intake of drinking water in the area, but people should avoid swimming or have their pets in the water there.
The leak happened around 9 in the morning. m.
PT on Saturday morning
A manager at Western Pacific Ocean said the leak was the result of a "catastrophic failure" in transit on one of the four propulsion devices of the year 00 s Osprey.
He said all measures were taken to control the leak, and the company is still investigating the extent of the damage.
The ferry is expected to stop service for at least a month, he said.
Bob Keating's file.