Contractor ordered to clean up oil in Borden-Carleton

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Environment department to follow up in spring to see if more action is required

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A private snowplow operator under contract from the provincial government has been fined and forced to clean up an oily mess in Borden-Carleton.

The snowplow driver was clearing snow in that community on Thursday when his machine started spraying hydraulic fluid all over a snowbank and parking lot of a local retirement home.

The driver did not clean up the mess at the time.

On Friday, someone who lives in the area complained to the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice.

An officer was sent to investigate and the contractor was summarily charged, fined a total of $275 and ordered to clean up the mess at his own expense, said Barry Jackson, environmental and regulatory co-ordinator for the department.

The driver could have saved himself the fine if he’d reported the spill, added Jackson.

“It was the failing to report the incident by the contractor that was the summary offence that he was charged with.”

Such a charge is also relatively rare, he said.

“I wouldn’t say they’re very common. I mean typically we get these incidents reported to us.”

It’s estimated that about 25 litres of oil was sprayed, most of it on snow or pavement.

It was Jackson’s understanding on Tuesday that the contractor had complied with the cleanup order over the weekend. The oil had been removed and taken to a disposal facility.

The department will be following up on this case in the spring, said Jackson.

If it becomes apparent that some of the oil leaked into the soil, then further remedial action might be required.

Organizations: Department of Environment

Geographic location: Borden-Carleton

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  • james
    February 20, 2013 - 21:31

    The old Fairyland property is full of contaminants. My brother worked there and he said there were several oil spills there over the years. No clean up there but now that government bought it, who cares?

  • Robot Gizz
    February 20, 2013 - 18:44

    Why no Names ?If a law was broken I think we should all know who broke it.I think they make a big deal out of these small spills so they can"grab the money"in fines and run.Heaven's years ago the government "spread" used oil on clay roads to keep the dust down! Something needed to change for sure but like so many things its more about the money and less about common sense/doing whats right.

  • John W.A.Curtis
    February 20, 2013 - 13:51

    The government garage was sold in Summerside without cleaning up contaminants

  • intobed
    February 20, 2013 - 12:21

    The City of Charlottetown didn't clean up the old oil tank farm, and I am sure there was a lot more than 25 liters of oil spilled over the time span of 100 years. All the City did was bury it and pave it over. Quite the double standard, don't you think?

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 20, 2013 - 10:28

    I notice that the government department responsible is the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice. There is something UNJUST about the ENVIRONMENT of our LABOUR market. Old GHIZZY succeeds by keeping us DIZZY.

    • huh
      February 20, 2013 - 18:46

      What? No kudos to the government for stepping in and making a charge? In another post you were all over the government for not protecting us from Loblaws and their jars of food with bits of plastic in them. I'm not necessarily a fan of the Liberals myself, but I find opinions of those with an obvious axe to grind get awfully biased and lose some credibility after awhile. I suspect the government could orchestrate the second coming of Christ and some people would find fault.