Pius Rolheiser is a spokesman for Imperial Oil. He says the area remains closed off as crews are still working to determine an estimate on the size of the spill.
“We have the area impacted by the release of crude oil still isolated. It’s about 100 metres by 200 metres, the site remains secure and we have wildlife deter measures in place, he explains. “We’re still determining an estimate of the spill, and that will depend on out recovery. It’s difficult to estimate volume because of the amount of water that was already there because of the location and the rain.
Rolheiser adds, despite there being no streams leading to water near the spill, Imperial Oil is still monitoring water to make sure there is no contamination.
“There are no streams or waterways in the vicinity. We’re actively monitoring all locations to make sure none of this makes its way into the water bodies.” he says.
The Blueberry and Doig River First Nations were notified of the spill. Rolheiser says that both have been helpful in providing assistance when it comes to possible interference from wildlife.
“On Monday, we had some representatives from the Doig River First Nation visited the site to have a look at what we were doing,” he adds. “They were able to provide us with valuable guidance on additional wildlife deterrent measures since moose pass through the area.”
It’s unknown how long crews will be cleaning the area, however they will remain on site until the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission is satisfied with the work.
“We will stay at this until it is done, and until the OGC is satisfied,” Rolheiser states. “We’re working very closely with the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, we’ll stay stay there until the job is done.”