City of Wetaskiwin works to remedy solvent spill

Spill released 1,700 litres into storm system

A solvent spill that recently took place in the City of Wetaskiwin will keep the area busy for the next few months.

The solvent spill occurred on Aug. 19 near the corner of 50 Avenue and 56 Street in Wetaskiwin on Saturday, August 19.

The City of Wetaskiwin released a press statement on Aug. 22.

“The spill allowed approximately 1,700 litres of solvent to be released into the storm system,” states the release.

Following the spill the appropriate authorities were contacted and the City of Wetaskiwin has partnered with Petro Canada and Alberta Environment and Parks to ensure the spill is contained and properly remediated.

“Residents can expect to see activity around the spill route for approximately two months,” the release continued.

The City of Wetaskiwin website states, “Residents are asked to stay away from the orange fencing that surrounds the spill zone. Please ensure that pets and animals in this area are kept under control in order to avoid potential ingestion of the solvent. There are wildlife deterrent systems in place, including mock birds and noise mimicking sounds systems.”

Neither the press release nor the website indicates what the solvent was that had been released into the city’s storm system.

Sue Howard, director of engineering and development with the City of Wetaskiwin, could not be reached for further comment.