Home Heating Fuel Oil Spill in Nakusp

Last updated on April 5, 2023

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Incident Description

Incident Date December 6, 2019 
Name Home Heating Fuel Oil Spill in Nakusp (DGIR:193061)
Source Above Ground Storage Tank (AST)
Nearest Community Village of Nakusp, B.C.
Spilled Content Home Heating Oil 
Who is involved? Nakusp Village, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Interior Health, B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV)


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

December 9, 2019- 11:10 am

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) has been notified of a release of home heating oil to an ephemeral creek east of Highway 6 in Nakusp. Under the direction of ENV, the Responsible Person has retained an environmental response contractor and an environmental consultant. The impacted area has been confined and work to recover the spilled fuel is underway. It is the expectation of the BC ENV that cleanup efforts will be continuing throughout the week.

The IHA has released the following statement to the residents of the Village of Nakusp and can be found on the RDCK website: 


An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) will continue to oversee the response actions for this incident to ensure adequate response actions are undertaken.


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