ROLLA, B.C. – B.C.’s Ministry of Environment says hydrocarbon odour and water levels in the ditch in Rolla have decreased.

In an update on Tuesday, the ministry notes that the source of the spill remains unknown and is still under investigation.

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) has been on-site investigating the cause and enacting containment measures. The measures include absorbent pads and an underflow dam.

The ministry is also awaiting results from sampling conducted from the location of the spill and the surrounding area.

There is no immediate danger, however, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), at the request of the EERO, has issued an advisory asking residents to avoid the area.

The spill was reported on May 6th due to a sheen in a ditch and a strong odour in Rolla.

Oakridge Environmental was retained and onsite to assist with spill response efforts.

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