Diesel Spill near Yale B.C.

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Incident Description

Incident Date January 6, 2020 
Name Diesel Spill near Yale B.C. (DGIR: 193427 )
Source Tanker Truck
Nearest Community Yale, B.C.
Spilled Content Diesel Fuel
Who is involved? Yale Fire Department, RCMP, Transport Canada (TPC), B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV), CANUTEC, Quantum Murray Environmental


Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV) may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports. 

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

January 7, 2020 - 1:15 pm

A motor vehicle accident involving a Super B transport truck and passenger vehicle occurred on Highway 1, north between Hope and Yale on Jan. 6, 2020. A fatality has been reported and RCMP have conducted an investigation. The truck leaked approximately 7,299 liters of diesel fuel to the surrounding area. An environmental contractor is cleaning up the impacted soil. Air monitoring was conducted and no unsafe levels were identified.

A response contractor arrived on site earlier to pump out the diesel fuel from the damaged unit. The transport truck and trailer unit are being removed from the site and Highway 1 is open in both directions. Local First Nations have been notified. 

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) will continue to monitor the response actions for this incident. No additional updates are anticipated.