five-thousand-litre oil spill in halifax harbour has been contained, says nova scotia power - absorbent material
About 5,000 litres of oil spilled from the Nova Scotia Power Station to the Port of Halifax are now being stored.
Utilities confirmed the amount of the leak late Friday, saying it was based on an assessment by its environmental response contractor.
Nova Scotia Electric, a subsidiary of HalifaxBased in emmera
He said Thursday's leak came from outside pipelines from storage tanks to the taftz Bay power station.
The utility said 95 per cent of the oil entering the water was included in the first boom deployed immediately after the leak.
The staff on helicopters and ships organized the clean-up work, which began shortly after Nova Scotia electric employees found leaking pipes during routine inspections.
The environmental reaction team set up three boom s on the water surface and used vacuum trucks and absorbing materials to remove oil. The 500-
Megawatt power plants use natural gas to a large extent, but they can also be powered by oil.
Tiffany Chase, a spokeswoman for utilities, said the staff did not refuel the factory when the leak occurred.
"So the pressure in the pipeline was less then when we delivered the oil to the plant fuel," Chase said . ".
Nova Scotia Electric said it had launched an investigation and the clean-up work continued.
"Nova Scotia Power and its contractors will continue to implement environmental response and monitoring agreements until all leaked oil is cleared," the utility said in a statement . ".
"All appropriate operational procedures and agreements have been initiated and this incident has been notified to the relevant regulatory authorities.
Three oil companies said
The combustion unit in taftz Bay was put into use in the 1960 and 1970 s and was transformed into a combustion gas in 19992000.
Two kinds of natural gas
Combustion turbines began in 2003 and 2004.