Practice makes perfect when dealing with oil spills

Members from all the oil companies will be taking part in a mock oil spill on the Peace River.

They will be using all the equipment needed like booms, skimmers and boats to contain the fake spill. In previous years the company has used red dyed Canola Oil to simulate the spill, but after concerns from Alberta, it now uses colourful plastic balls if the river isn't moving too fast.

Instructors from Alberta will be there to train the representatives on how to use the equipment, explaining first on dry land, then in the water. At the end of the day there will be an assessment on the exercise, and members can give feedback and make suggestions for new equipment.

Western Canadian Spill Services offers their equipment at no charge to members; they only have to pay for the trucking. The mandatory exercise is to ensure the companies can handle it on their own, should the need arise.

The drill is offered every year, sometimes with different settings, like in a lake or on dry land.

Any new oil companies who have yet to sign up can register with Gail O'Neill at 250-261-9163.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.