Oil cleanup underway at French school in South Rustico

Sarah Seeley
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Crews are working to cleanup an oil leak that occurred at the French school in South Rustico at the end of March.

Leak occurred in oil tank return line at École Saint-Augustin in South Rustico March 31

SOUTH RUSTICO — Crews are at École Saint-Augustin in South Rustico after an oil leak occurred at the French school March 31.

Brad Samson, director of administration and financial services for the French language school board, said a teacher began to smell fumes in her classroom a few weeks ago. The source of the odour was soon found to be a leak in the oil tank return line outside the school.

The classes in the room near the leak were moved to the library in the heart of the building, away from the fumes.

After contacting Just Environmental and the Department of the Environment, the cleanup began to remove the fumes from the premises.

An air extractor was installed in the affected classroom to remove the fumes from the room.

"We are taking all the steps to make sure everything is up to par. There are no more fumes inside the building," said Samson. "I was in there the other day and didn't smell anything. But you can still smell it outside depending on the wind direction."

The Department of Environment ran tests on the school's well and found no traces of toxic chemicals or oil.

"There's no contamination on that front," said Samson. "There has been no indication that there is any harm done by the fumes. But there is a significant amount of residue in the soil."

Just Environmental predicts the cleanup could take between two and three weeks to complete.

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Organizations: Department of Environment

Geographic location: South Rustico

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Recent comments

  • Jo
    April 17, 2014 - 19:57

    It's Joose Environmental....,not Just. Please correct.

  • wondering
    April 17, 2014 - 17:19

    I am wondering who is paying for this clean up? In fact, why is that beautiful new French school having trouble? In fact, who paid for that new school that is like a private school for a select few???