Enderby Fuel Truck Spill

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Incident Description

Incident Date May 16, 2017
Name Enderby Fuel Truck Spill (DGIR: 170573)
Source Fuel Truck
Nearest Community Enderby, B.C. 
Spilled Content Diesel, Gas
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment, Enderby Fire Department, RAM Environmental Response Ltd, AMEC Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure, Armstrong Regional Cooperative, First Nations Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, Regional District North Okanagan 


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 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

May 17, 2017 - 2:21 pm

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) from B.C. Ministry of Environment returned to the site today to oversee the spill cleanup.

All of the gas and diesel left in the tanks has been pumped off and removed from the site. A rainbow sheen was noted outside two layers of boom in the flooded field, downhill from the incident site. Another sorbent boom was placed on the outside of the present booms to contain the escaped sheen.

Product was noted at an outlet of a spring downhill from the incident site. One vacuum truck has been moved to that location to suck the product out of the spring. Two hydro-vac trucks are being deployed to the site to help with the removal of contaminated soil. Additional containment boom is en-route to the incident site to increase protection to the flooded field.

Interior Health Authority maintains their water advisory for residents along the Shuswap River from about 6 kilometres east of Ashton Creek to the mouth of river at Mara Lake. The public service announcement can be found here

Responding parties are in the process of firming up a salvage and remediation plan. 

Enderby fuel spill

   (Armstrong Regional Cooperative tanker truck incident site - May 17, 2017)


Fuel tanker hole

                                                                      (Puncture in the fuel tanker - May 17, 2017)

Worker vacuuming product out of fuel tanker

             (Vacuuming out the remaining fuel in the tanker's compartments - May 17, 2017) 


Site Location

May 17, 2017 - 8:14 am

A motor vehicle incident involving an Armstrong Regional Cooperative fuel tanker was reported yesterday morning. The fuel tanker truck went off the road and down a steep embankment at 1435 Enderby Mabel Lake Rd. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle and was later taken to hospital. The driver's injuries are unknown at this time. 

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) with B.C. Ministry of Environment arrived on-scene yesterday afternoon. RAM Environmental Response Ltd. and AMEC Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure were retained by the responsible party for spill cleanup and environmental assessment. A vacuum truck and excavator were also on-site to offload full fuel compartments and remove contaminated soil. Absorbent boom has been placed around the incident site and outer containment boom has been installed to stop the gas and diesel from migrating into a flooded field. 

Staff from Interior Health were on-site yesterday afternoon and notified local residents. Interior Health released a public service announcement in regards to the potential contamination of water intakes downstream. The public service announcement can be found here.

A conference call took place last night, involving the responsible party, RAM Environmental Response Ltd., AMEC Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure, North Okanagan Regional District, Interior Health, First Nation Health Authority, and B.C. Ministry of Environment.   

An environmental impact assessment and sampling plan will be implemented in the next few days. The responding officer with B.C. Ministry of Environment will be on-site later today and will continue to monitor the incident.